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Halfpenny out but it's mostly good news for Wales

Halfpenny out but it's mostly good news for Wales
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Wales v Australia - Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - November 10, 2018 Wales' Leigh Halfpenny misses a penalty Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs   -   Copyright  PAUL CHILDS(Reuters)
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CARDIFF (Reuters) – Leigh Halfpenny will miss the start of the Six Nations as Wales confirmed he is not fit to play against France in the tournament opener in Paris on Friday.

Leon Brown, Rhys Patchell and Scott Williams have also been ruled out, Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde told a news conference on Monday.

But there was a boost for the team with five regulars being declared fit after being rated doubtful.

“It’s not as lengthy an injury list as last week,” McBryde said as he confirmed the availability of Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill and Ross Moriarty, who were all on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand 18 months ago.

Davies had been a doubt after suffering a thigh muscle injury playing for the Scarlets this month.

Halfpenny’s participation – for the opening two rounds at least – was always in doubt after being told by a specialist he needed more time to get over the symptoms of concussion suffered against Australia in November.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson, editing by Ed Osmond)

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