A recurrence of the thigh injury that delayed his arrival on tour has forced Leigh Halfpenny out of the Lions side to play the Natal Sharks tomorrow in Durban.
The Welsh wing, who only joined up with the touring party last Wednesday, had been named on the bench for Wednesday’s clash in Durban but his troublesome thigh injury has flarred up yet again prompting fears that he will have to go through another period of rehabilitation.
James Hook, who started at fly-half in Saturday’s 26-24 win over the Cheetahs replaces Halfpenny on the bench.
Halfpenny will undergo a scan to try and gauge the full extent of the injury, and the Lions are currently waiting for an update. The Cardiff Blues player was already playing catch-up in the race to claim a Test place, but this has set him back even further.
“It is too early to say whether it threatens his place on the tour because he recovered very well from the last time he strained it” said Lions assistant coach Shaun Edwards.
“He was doing some extra work at the end of training yesterday and he just felt it strain.”
Will this affect his Test selection chances? Will he get another chance to prove himself?