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Wales and Lions star Leigh Halfpenny crowned Welsh Player of the Year

Leigh Halfpenny

May 03, 2013

Leigh Halfpenny has been chosen as Welsh Player of the Year by the Welsh Rugby Writers' Association.

It's the latest accolade for the Blues full-back who was named Player of the Six Nations after helping Wales retain the title.

He equalled Neil Jenkins' Welsh record of 74 points in a championship season during that campaign and has been rewarded for his outstanding form with a place in the Lions squad for this summer's tour of Australia.

Halfpenny beat off competition from Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric, who finished as runner-up in the writers' poll.

The Most Promising Player of the Year award went to flying Ospreys wing Eli Walker, with Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell coming second in a category reserved for uncapped players.

Pontypridd skipper Chris Dicomidis has been selected as Player of the Principality Premiership, with the 27-year-old lock finishing ahead of young Llandovery scrum-half Rhodri Williams.

The awards will be presented at the 39th annual Lloyd Lewis evening at Cardiff RFC on Thursday, August 22.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugby/rugby-news/wales-lions-star-leigh-halfpenny-3407107

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