Dan Biggar says of ‘huge step backwards’ if crowds aren’t allowed at Six Nations

Dan Biggar says of ‘huge step backwards’ if crowds aren’t allowed at Six Nations

Wales star Dan Biggar believes empty stadiums at this year’s Six Nations would be a “huge step backwards” for the sport.

Although full stadiums are still permitted in England, supporters are currently prohibited from attending outdoor sporting events in Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. In Scotland, a maximum of 500 fans are permitted, while in Ireland, a maximum of 5,000 are permitted.

Wales star Dan Biggar believes empty stadiums at this year’s Six Nations would be a “huge step backwards” for the sport.

Dan Biggar on the importance of fans at games.

“It would be a huge, huge step backwards if there are no crowds moving forwards for clubs and the Six Nations which is obviously such a showpiece event,” Biggar said.

“You saw it in the autumn, getting crowds back. Everyone coming to games now has to have a passport, they’ll be double or triple-jabbed, and it’s an outdoor event so I don’t see why they wouldn’t be allowed in. As long as it’s safe, that’s the most important thing.

“I hope for an event like the Six Nations and for the game up and down the UK moving forward we get some sort of sensible outcome. As long as everyone is safe and jabbed then I think it makes sense to keep crowds in.

“I think you would have seen a different game [against Harlequins] if the stadium would have been completely empty. We played a lot of games with no crowds but if you look at the first handful of games they almost felt like training games.

“It felt like it did not really matter whether you won or lost because it felt like a training match and like the intensity was knocked out of it. You lose any advantage of playing at home and bits and pieces like that.”

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