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Wales' Six Nations start too soon for Halfpenny

8th January 2019, 17:03 by Craig Smithson

Leigh Halfpenny looks set to miss the start of Wales' Six Nations campaign as he continues his recovery from concussion.

The 30-year-old fullback has been absent for almost two months after suffering a head injury in the autumn international against Australia on November 10.

And Halfpenny's Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac has now confirmed he has been advised by a medical specialist to sit out for between three and five weeks.

Wales get their Six Nations campaign under way against France in Paris on February 1 and it seems unlikely Halfpenny will feature in coach Warren Gatland's plans.

"He'll continue training and doing what he's been doing, and then he will be reassessed," said Pivac. "It will be somewhere between three to five weeks, but these things take time.

"We will pass on the medical information to the Welsh Rugby Union. That will then be Warren's call as to what he does because the tournament runs for longer than that.

"He's running, he's training, and from time to time I think he's been having bouts of [headaches]. He's as frustrated as anybody is, but his health and wellbeing comes first.

"Lots of players have come back from concussion before. Justin Tipuric and Aaron Shingler have had spells out and both those players have returned to the top of their game at some point."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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