Leigh Halfpenny

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Leigh Halfpenny
Full nameStephen Leigh Halfpenny
Date of birth(1988-12-22) 22 December 1988 (age 23)
Place of birthGorseinon, Wales
Height1.78m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionWing
Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2008–Cardiff Blues60(265)
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2007–2008
2008–
2009
Wales U20
Wales
British & Irish Lions
 ?
35
0
(0)
(182)
(0)
correct as of 16:19, 24 Jun 2012 (UTC).
 
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Leigh Halfpenny
Full nameStephen Leigh Halfpenny
Date of birth(1988-12-22) 22 December 1988 (age 23)
Place of birthGorseinon, Wales
Height1.78m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
PositionWing
Fullback
Professional / senior clubs
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2008–Cardiff Blues60(265)
National team(s)
YearsClub / teamCaps(points)
2007–2008
2008–
2009
Wales U20
Wales
British & Irish Lions
 ?
35
0
(0)
(182)
(0)
correct as of 16:19, 24 Jun 2012 (UTC).

Stephen Leigh Halfpenny (born 22 December 1988) is a Welsh international rugby union footballer who plays for the Cardiff Blues regional side.

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Biography

Halfpenny is from Gorseinon, near Swansea, and is an alumnus of Pontybrenin Primary School, as well as Penyrheol Comprehensive school.[1][2]

Leigh Halfpenny is currently studying Physical Geography at Aberystwyth University

A winger or alternate fullback, he was signed as a youth by the Neath Swansea Ospreys and played the 2005–2006 season with the Ospreys U18s. Halfpenny then trained with Neath RFC during the 2006–2007 season,[3] before signing for the Cardiff Blues and making his debut against Ulster at the Ravenhill Stadium in May 2008, scoring three conversions in the 17–26 victory.[4]

A former Wales Under 20 international, in October 2008 he was selected for the Wales national rugby union team squad for the 2008 Autumn internationals series.[5]

He made his debut for Wales aged 19 in their first game of the autumn internationals against world champions, South Africa on 8 November 2008. He scored his first points for Wales from a penalty kick in the 15–20 loss. He went on to score his first two tries on his second cap against Canada on 14 November.

Halfpenny's international career is set to continue as he was chosen as a starting number 14 for Wales's 2009 Six Nations game against Scotland, on 8 February, and again on 14 February, against fierce rivals England. He scored a try in each match and kicked a penalty against England to add to that. His points proved to be the difference between the two teams. He then played against France in a match that Wales lost 21–16 in Saint-Denis. Warren Gatland then dropped Halfpenny for the 20–15 win over Italy, as Warren Gatland experimented with Mark Jones and although he was expected to return for the game against Ireland, surprisingly he was left out. Wales lost the match 17–15 after Ronan O'Gara knocked over a late drop goal to give Ireland a Grand Slam.

On 18 April 2009, he scored two tries for the Cardiff Blues in the final of the EDF Energy Cup, a 50–12 win over Gloucester at Twickenham.[6]

On 22 April 2009, Halfpenny was included in the British & Irish Lions squad for the tour to South Africa in May 2009.[7] On the 20 May it was announced that he would miss the start of the Lions tour due to a thigh injury, requiring at least 10–14 days treatment, but he was scheduled once fully fit to rejoin Ian McGeechan's squad in South Africa.[8] He was confirmed to have linked up with the Lions squad, fully recovered, in South Africa on 2 June [9] and played in the tour match against Free State Cheetahs on 6 June.[10] However, on 10 June it was confirmed that Halfpenny had withdrawn from the Lions squad due to a recurrence of the thigh injury.[11]

Halfpenny was a key part of the Wales squad for the following two campaigns but he was constantly plagued by injury. But boss Gatland kept the faith with Halfpenny and the Blues winger did enough to force his way into the squad for the 2011 World Cup. During the World Cup, Halfpenny impressed in many positions, particularly at full-back. After the dismissal of Sam Warburton in the semi-final against France, Halfpenny took the full back position and produced what many plaudits viewed as one of the finest individual displays at the World Cup. It was also in this game that Halfpenny became first choice kicker, ahead of fly halves Rhys Priestland and James Hook. Halfpenny attempted a 47 yard penalty attempt that would have won the game for Wales. However, the kick fell inches short.

Points record

TeamGamesTriesConversionsPenaltiesDrop GoalsTotal Points
Cardiff Blues601613530265
Wales32117240141
British and Irish Lions Tests000000
British and Irish Lions Tour Matches100000
Total932720770406

References

  1. ^ Walsh, David (3 May 2009). "Leigh Halfpenny: Lion's cub". timesonline.co.uk. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby_union/article6211206.ece. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Paul (26 April 2009). "Back to school for our Leigh; Halfpenny is local hero". Sunday Mirror. http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Back+to+school+for+our+Leigh%3B+HALFPENNY+IS+LOCAL+HERO.-a0198487714. Retrieved 9 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Leigh Halfpenny". Welsh Rugby Union. http://www.wru.co.uk/1334_10108.php. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "Leigh Halfpenny". Cardiff Blues. http://www.cardiffblues.co.uk/3718_3720.php?player=33325&includeref=dynamic. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  5. ^ "Cooper gets Wales nod over Peel". BBC Sport. 4 November 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/welsh/7705158.stm. Retrieved 4 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "2009 EDF Energy Cup final". BBC Sport. 18 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/7996656.stm. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Halfpenny's Lions pick 'deserved'". BBC Sport. 22 April 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/welsh/8012904.stm. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Halfpenny to miss start of Lions". BBC Sport. 20 May 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/rugby_union/welsh/8059889.stm. Retrieved 21 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Leigh Halfpenny joins up with British and Irish Lions". The Times. 2 June 2009. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/rugby_union/article6416890.ece. Retrieved 2 June 2009. 
  10. ^ Mairs, Gavin (5 June 2009). "Lions 2009: Leigh Halfpenny to make debut against Cheetahs". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/britishandirishlionsrugby/5452050/Lions-2009-Leigh-Halfpenny-to-make-debut-against-Cheetahs.html. Retrieved 27 April 2012. 
  11. ^ BBC Sport: Halfpenny ruled out of Lions tour

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