Six Nations 2013: Wales’ Halfpenny voted player of the championship
Six Nations 2013: Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny is named the player of the championship after scoring an impressive 74 points
Leigh Halfpenny admits he is honoured to be named the Six Nations player of the championship after he inspired Wales to the title at the Millennium Stadium.
The 24-year-old Cardiff Blues star earned an impressive 40 per cent of the public vote ahead of Italy flanker Alessandro Zanni and Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg.
Halfpenny was a regular fixture in Rob Howley’s triumphant Wales side, with the wing racking up a staggering 74 points throughout the championship.
And the full-back expressed his delight at receiving the accolade after over 80,000 votes were cast for the award.
“I can’t thank the people who voted for me enough. It’s a real honour and privilege to be voted Six Nations player of the championship, and I’m overwhelmed to be in amongst the players shortlisted,” Halfpenny said.
“It’s the icing on the cake of an exceptional year for Wales, and it is a privilege to be part of such an exceptional group of people.
“For my name to be added to the list of players who have won this award in the past is incredible and extremely humbling.”
Halfpenny scored 12 points in Wales’ 30-3 victory over England at Millennium Stadium last Saturday to ensure the Red Dragons defended their Six Nations crown.
And Wales interim head coach Rob Howley heaped praise on the Cardiff star for his consistent performances over the course of their triumphant campaign.
“Leigh is fearless, courageous and is one of the best full backs in World rugby and he can be very proud of his performances throughout the championship,” said Howley.
“He constantly strives for perfection in his preparation and performance and sets high standards,” said Howley.
“He is a model professional in every facet of the game and I am delighted for him. His contribution to the side has been huge and he fully deserves to be named Six Nations player of the championship.
“He was awarded man of the match out in France and in Italy in two crucial games and has been consistent throughout the championship.
“It’s great to see another Welsh name on the trophy, following up from Dan [Lydiate] last year and it is great to see the players getting the reward they deserve for the effort and performances they produce.”