Six Nations: Northampton boss Chris Boyd eases Wales worries over Dan Biggar

Dan Biggar's heavily strapped left knee
Dan Biggar's left knee was heavily strapped while Northampton took on Sale
Six Nations: Wales v England
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 23 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary.

Northampton boss Chris Boyd has eased an injury worry over Wales fly-half Dan Biggar seven days before they host England in the Six Nations.

Biggar limped off after 19 minutes as Northampton hammered Sale in the English Premiership on Friday.

Boyd said: "We removed him and he probably could have played on."

Cardiff Blues' Gareth Anscombe and Biggar shared Wales pivot duties in wins over France and Italy, each starting a game and being on the bench.

Boyd said Biggar had returned from the Wales camp following last weekend's win against the Azzurri in Rome with a minor medial collateral ligament (MCL) problem.

"He came back from Italy with a really, really low-grade MCL strain in the knee and was keen to play and he didn't train on Tuesday and he trained on Thursday and trained really well and felt really comfortable," said Boyd.

"But he just caught it again and that (Biggar's departure) was precautionary."

Rhys Patchell, a rival to Biggar and Anscombe, returned from injury off the bench for Scarlets at Benetton later on Saturday.

Patchell recovered from a hamstring strain to come off the bench in the Pro14 match in Italy.

Elsewhere Wales wing Jonah Holmes scored for Leicester Tigers in their heavy defeat at Saracens.

On Friday flanker Thomas Young went over for Wasps as they won at Bristol.

Most leading Wales-based players were rested this weekend, including Scarlets hooker Ken Owens.

He says despite being on the brink of a record-breaking 12th successive Wales win, improvements are needed if they are to thwart England's Grand Slam ambitions.

"We have had two wins on the road (against France and Italy), but we need to get better. If we don't, and England come down and play as they have in the last two games, they will teach us a lesson," said Owens.

"They are a quality team, but so are we. The top two teams in the Six Nations, currently, will be going at it to maintain an unbeaten record."

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