The Courier-Mail

ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP

Halfpenny injury cruel for Wales

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A POTENTIALL­Y devastatin­g knee injury to Welsh superboot Leigh Halfpenny has cast a sombre mood over the Wallabies’ pool rivals for the Rugby World Cup.

Fullback Halfpenny, a star of the 2013 British and Irish Lions series win in Australia, was stretchere­d off in Cardiff early yesterday during the uninspirin­g 23-19 warm-up win by the Welsh over Italy.

Halfpenny buckled mopping up a kick in a non-contact situation and his tournament is in doubt.

IT’S not just the Wallabies with a headache at No.10, with England’s George Ford and Owen Farrell fighting for the prized jersey.

Ford’s stocks lifted with a more polished display in yesterday’s 21-13 tune-up win over Six Nations champions Ireland at Twickenham.

JAPAN’S Super Rugby side may be a pushover next year but not the Argentine side.

Their latest recruit is backrower Juan Manuel Leguizamon, set to play at his third World Cup and returning to his homeland after a decade playing in Europe.

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