Dan Biggar’s foul-mouthed rant at George North picked up by ref mic

Not happy.

Wales got their 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign off to a winning start last night with a 32-26 victory over Fiji in Pool C.

Josh Adams, George North, and Louis Rees-Zammit all got on the try-scoring sheet but the game wasn’t without controversy, with many complaining about the officiating favouring Tier 1 side, Wales.

Nevertheless, it was a hugely entertaining affair with some incredible rugby on display. A late surge from Fiji almost reversed the result, with the Pacific islanders scoring two tries in the last six minutes before a fumble by Semi Radradra ended hopes of a stunning comeback on the last play of the game.

A big moment in the game, that is even more interesting in hindsight, came with the clock in red before the end of the first half as Fiji coughed up position, allowing Wales to get the ball off the pitch and go into the break, leading 18-14.

George North found himself in possession but rather than get the ball off the pitch while inside Wales’ own 22, decided to play out, much to the displeasure of Dan Biggar. Luckily for North, he knocked on, resulting in referee Matthew Carley blowing for half-time, but Biggar made his feelings known to his teammate.

“Get the ball off the park,” Biggar roared.

“Get the fucking ball off the park.”

Biggar could also be seen on camera shortly after saying “fuck me” in exasperation as he walked towards the tunnel. After the game, head coach Warren Gatland stood up for Biggar and said he “didn’t have a problem” with the comments.

“I didn’t have a problem with it. It’s about making people accountable,” said Gatland.

“There’s nothing wrong with players in terms of challenging each other. We want that as part of the group so that everyone is accountable.

“For me, that peer pressure is huge in terms of that and taking responsibility. Those sort of criticism aren’t personal. We talk about it being a point of care.

“It’s about the team getting better and individuals getting better because we need to be comfortable with being critical.”

Wales take on Portugal in their next game at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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