Ireland and Wales will kick off the 2022 Guinness Six Nations Championship when they meet in Dublin on Saturday.
Intriguing individual contests will run through the game, but none more so than than the fly-half battle between Irish inspiration Johnny Sexton and new Wales captain Dan Biggar.
Here, the PA news agency looks at how two giants of northern hemisphere rugby match up.
Johnny Sexton – Leinster
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) January 28, 2022
Debut: versus Fiji, 2009
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 14st 2lbs
Points: 946 (15 tries)
Sexton has been the hard-drive of Ireland’s game for more than a decade, enjoying an outstanding career that has also produced British and Irish Lions recognition, in addition to driving Leinster towards European title successes.
He clocked up a century of Irish caps during this season’s Autumn Nations Series, while he is also closing in on 1,000 points for his country. At 36, he shows no sign of slowing down, and he will be a major figure behind Ireland’s quest for Six Nations silverware.
Dan Biggar – Northampton
🏴Dan Biggar, Cap No #1063, 95 International Caps & now your 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻.
● Hear from your Wales Captain for the 2022 #GuinnessSixNations on getting the call from Wayne Pivac and how he's approaching the next few weeks in camp. pic.twitter.com/Ut9Tcr7g8g
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) January 19, 2022
Debut: versus Canada, 2008
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 14st 1lb
Points: 532 (7 tries)
If Biggar, who takes over Wales leadership duty from an injured Alun Wyn Jones, features in every Six Nations game this season, then he will end the tournament by winning his 100th Wales cap against Italy on March 19th.
The Northampton number 10 has delivered numerous top-drawer displays for his country during a 13-year international career, combining match-winning moments with a fiercely-competitive edge. Wales face a tough task in pursuit of a successful Six Nations title defence, but no-one will drive them harder than Biggar.