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Pic: Leigh Halfpenny 'smiles like a piano' after losing teeth in Toulon's Champions Cup win

Published 03/05/2015 | 12:29

Toulon's Leigh Halfpenny celebrates winning the European Rugby Champions Cup Final with the trophy
Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne
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Toulon's Leigh Halfpenny celebrates winning the European Rugby Champions Cup Final with the trophy Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic

Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny sacrificed some of his teeth as he helped the French side to a third European title in a row.

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The Welsh full-back scored 14-points as his side defeated Clermont Auvergne by 24-26 in the inaugural Champions Cup decider at Twickenham yesterday.

Afterwards Halfpenny, who has won two Wales Grand Slams and a British Lions series, said: "It is up there [with the highlights of my career]. This was a goal to retain our title and create history to win the European title three times in a row.

"To be fair to Clermont they threw everything at us.

"It's what it's all about. This is where you want to be, involved in games like this, and what a performance from the boys.

"The character they showed to keep Clermont out right at the end was just incredible."

Toulon outhalf Matt Giteau posted a picture on Twitter last night showing that Halfpenny may have won the game but he lost a few things as well.

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