Leigh Halfpenny will not participate in the World Cup. The rear Welsh injured his cruciate ligament, also will miss much of the season with Toulon, although he could return for the "money time".
World Cup officially just lost one of its biggest stars: Leigh Halfpenny, as might be expected after its release on serious injury in Saturday's friendly match Galles- Italy has been ruled for the competition. This is obviously a disaster for the XV of Leek, who loses his back and his reference scorer. The other collateral victim is of course Toulon, who will be without the player at least until March, or for virtually the entire regular season and Top 14 European Cup.
Disappointing update: Leigh Halfpenny Ruled out ofrugbyworldcup with ACL injury. Further assessment required. Leigh Get well soon!
- Welsh Rugby Union (WelshRugbyUnion) September 7, 2015
Welsh Federation evokes an injury to the cruciate ligaments of the knee, without elaborating. But the period of absence is clearly set at six months, as indicated Provence. If they appear less spirited than in 2012 and 2013 tournaments, the Welsh will nonetheless an important outsider World (the ones who had lost in the semifinals at the last edition, against France). But with Britain, the host country, and Australia in their group, the task is arduous. So without Halfpenny ...
Webb also injured and outstanding
The question that agitates everyone in the country? Of course, it is whether Halfpenny was to play this friendly match ahead of Italy, as Rhys Webb, also injured in that game and whose situation remains unresolved. "It's just horrible for Wales , has released the former international Shane Williams for ITV. Webb was the best player on the team the past two years. And lose more Halfpenny, it's just a massive blow. It could not come at a worse moment."
Shane Williams did not hesitate to attack head coach Warren Gatland: "Yes, one wonders why it was on the ground ... is allowed to stand and that the spell when it really needs to Country. Wales is in mourning. "His successor has already been appointed: it's Liam Williams. But the latter, who returns to his share of injuries, lack of playing time and has been integrated with the selection at the last minute. Time is running out for the Welsh, who have at least a chance to start quietly with Uruguay on 20 September.