Leigh Halfpenny out for the season
March 9, 2014
Halfpenny dislocated his shoulder tackling England's Luther Burrell © Getty Images
Warren Gatland has confirmed that Leigh Halfpenny will miss the remainder of the season after dislocating his right shoulder during Sunday's 29-18 loss to England.
The Wales fullback scored all of his side's points from the tee, but had to be substituted late on after preventing Luther Burrell from scoring a try.
"Leigh has dislocated his shoulder. That's his season over," said Gatland.
Wales No.8 Taulupe Faletau added: "Leigh has been crucial to Wales' performances over the years, and he is going to be a big loss, definitely," Faletau said. "Leigh kicked well today, and going in at half-time five points down, we would have taken that score after the opening we had."
Scarlets back Liam Williams will be favourite to replace Halfpenny for next Saturday's game against Scotland in Cardiff. Scrum-half Rhys Webb also went off injured, suffering what appeared to be an ankle injury, but there was no immediate fitness update on him.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
As Ray McLoughlin prepares to celebrate his 75th birthday, Huw Richards pays tribute to the man and the selectors who had the wisdom to bring him into the Ireland fold
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament