Wales’ Leigh Halfpenny out for the season with shoulder injury
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny is out for the season with a dislocated shoulder, Warren Gatland confirms
Leigh Halfpenny will miss the remainder of the season after dislocating his right shoulder in Wales’ defeat by England at Twickenham on Sunday.
The Cardiff Blues full-back picked up the injury making a try-saving tackle on England centre Luther Burrell in the closing stages of the second half after the 25-year-old kicked all 18 of Wales’ points from six penalties on a disappointing day for Warren Gatland’s side.
That’s his season over, which is disappointing for him
“Leigh has dislocated his shoulder. That’s his season over, which is disappointing for him,” Gatland confirmed after the match.
As well as being a big loss for Wales’ final match of the Six Nations championship against Scotland in Cardiff on Saturday, it means Halfpenny has played his last match for his region ahead of his summer move to reigning Heineken Cup champions Toulon.
Halfpenny had started just 13 of the Blues’ 26 matches this season due to his extended involvement with the Wales squad, his last appearance coming on 18 January in the Blues’ 19-13 Heineken Cup defeat by Exeter Chiefs at the Cardiff Arms Park.
Gatland is also likely to be without Ospreys scrum-half Rhys Webb, who was helped off after 52 minutes with an ankle injury, but the Kiwi could explore further changes for Scotland’s visit with only their unbeaten home record this year on the line.