Unlucky Halfpenny replaced by Hook

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?

2 thoughts on “Unlucky Halfpenny replaced by Hook

  1. Just heard that Ferris is out of the tour. With all due respect to Ryan Jones the competition between Ferris and Croft for the 6 shirt was going well. I felt Ferris had the edge having shown a good turn of pace as well as making a big impact in the contact situations. I fear this is quite a significant blow to the Lions chances as we all know that South Africa will put out immense back-row.

    Halfpenny is unlucky but I think he was taken along as someone who would be chuffed just to be playing mid-week. Nowhere near as big a blow as losing Ferris.

  2. Im not hooks biggest fan but il give him credit where credit is due because he has come into this squad and made a good impact in my opinion. Hes been kicking very accuratly at the posts and adds a new dimension to the back line.

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