Thursday 13 December 2018

Wales dealt major blow as Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of England clash

Wales' Leigh Halfpenny scored a brace last week
Wales' Leigh Halfpenny scored a brace last week

Andrew Baldock

Wales star Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of this evening's NatWest 6 Nations clash against England at Twickenham with a foot infection.

The Wales full-back, who scored 24 points in a 34-7 drubbing of Scotland last weekend, missed Friday's captain's run in Surrey due to feeling unwell.

A Wales spokesman confirmed Halfpenny's absence from the session.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland has promoted Cardiff Blues' Gareth Anscombe as a straight replacement off the bench, while Owen Watkin will now take the number 23 jersey.

Fly-half Rhys Patchell, meanwhile, has excelled at full-back for the Scarlets this season on occasion.

Halfpenny, who has won 75 caps, is approaching 700 points for Wales and is an integral part of a team seeking to inflict a first Six Nations home defeat on England since the 2012 tournament.

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