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Monday Mar 10, 2014

Leigh Halfpenny injured making brave try-saving tackle on Luther Burrell

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny won’t take any further part in the Six Nations after he injured his shoulder during Wales’ 29-18 loss to England on Sunday. Halfpenny left the field after making a brave try-saving tackle on 6ft3 England centre Luther Burrell.

As if this year’s campaign couldn’t get more disappointing for Wales, Halfpenny is now out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder. Scrumhalf Rhys Webb also left the field with an injury.

“Leigh has dislocated his shoulder and that is him gone for the rest of the season,” said coach Warren Gatland. “We are not sure about Rhys, but it’s Leigh’s season over anyway.”

Halfpenny kicked all of Wales’ points, but he’ll take no further part in the tournament and will likely be replaced by Liam Williams, who was penalised within minutes of coming on against England.

Burrell, who has had an impressive start to his Test career, nearly crossed again but a foot in touch, due to the strong tackle by Halfpenny, meant he wasn’t able to finish off an exciting bit of play.

It wasn’t a technically sound tackle, but Halfpenny’s commitment is what prevented the try. It also ended his season though, meaning he has played his final match for the Cardiff Blues (in January) ahead of his move to Toulon next season. He will be there for at least two seasons.

Wales play Scotland in Cardiff in this coming weekend. The team will be announced on Tuesday.

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