/Dan Biggar suffers head injury in sickening collision with team mate as Wales edge past Fiji in Rugby World

Dan Biggar suffers head injury in sickening collision with team mate as Wales edge past Fiji in Rugby World

Dan Biggar was forced out of Wales’ Rugby World Cup clash with Fiji after a sickening blow to the head.

The fly-half was accidentally taken out by team mate Liam Williams in the second half of the Pool D encounter at Oita Stadium, which saw Wales survive a major fright to win 29-17 and book their place in the quarter-finals.

Both men had eyes only for the ball as they chased down a Fiji kick, but Williams got there first and his shoulder collided with Biggar’s head.

The 29-year-old lay motionless on the turf for a number of minutes, with his team mates understandably showing real concern.

Williams only had eyes for the ball and did not see team mate Biggar

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Williams only had eyes for the ball and did not see team mate Biggar

With Biggar running back, Williams’ shoulder made contact with his head and completely poleaxed the fly-half

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With Biggar running back, Williams’ shoulder made contact with his head and completely poleaxed the fly-half

Biggar’s head crashed against the turf in the worrying incident

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Biggar’s head crashed against the turf in the worrying incident

Thankfully, Biggar was able to make his way back to his feet and leave the field of his own accord.

After a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) – a 10-minute off-field assessment by a medical professional – he was not allowed back on.

Biggar also suffered a head injury in Wales’ victory over Australia on September 29. He was cleared to play Fiji after passing concussion protocol checks.

A groggy-looking Biggar was able to get to his feet and walk off the field

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A groggy-looking Biggar was able to get to his feet and walk off the field

Wales head coach Warren Gatland will now be anxiously awaiting news of Biggar’s health.

With qualification to the quarter-finals already secured, the Northampton Saints star would likely have been rested for the final Pool D game against Uruguay on Sunday.

But Gatland will be desperately hoping his key man will be ready for the knockout stages later this month.

Wales had been tested all the way against Fiji before eventually coming through to win.

Fiji scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes to wing Josua Tuisova and full-back Kini Murimurivalu as they showcased their sevens genius in spectacular fashion.

But Wales wing Josh Adams touched down twice before half-time, and then completed his hat-trick to secure a potential last-eight clash against France

Williams’ late try clinched a bonus-point triumph for Gatland’s side.

Fiji’s defeat means they are out of the tournament, yet they exited in style despite having two players sin-binned, by testing every sinew of Wales’ character and resolve.

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