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Leigh Halfpenny: Scarlets full-back dominated out of Champions Cup match

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Leigh Halfpenny: Scarlets full-back dominated out of Champions Cup match

Leigh Halfpenny was injured late in Wales’ 9-6 win over Australia in November
European Champions Cup: Scarlets v Ulster
Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli Date: Fri, 7 Dec Kick-off: 19:45 GMT
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Leigh Halfpenny will miss Scarlets’ European Champions Cup match in opposition to Ulster on Friday as a result of he has not recovered from concussion.

The complete-back was injured throughout Wales’ 9-6 win over Australia on 10 November.

Lock Jake Ball has handed Head Harm Evaluation (HIA) checks after being pressured off in opposition to Glasgow on Saturday.

Prop Samson Lee (hamstring) and flanker James Davies (knee) may return however back-row ahead Blade Thomson is being given an prolonged break.

The Scotland-qualified New Zealander has not performed since receiving a blow to the pinnacle in opposition to Edinburgh on 2 November – an harm which prevented him difficult for a world debut within the autumn Exams.

“Leigh’s been dominated out, we’re giving {that a} bit extra time, simply being on the protected facet actually with the again three we have got,” stated head coach Wayne Pivac.

“We have got a robust group there, so we do not need to push issues and we have got to tick all of the bins on the proper time.”

Halfpenny’s prolonged lay-off means he has missed two Wales Exams – in opposition to Tonga and South Africa – and Scarlets’ 26-20 defeat by Glasgow on 1 December.

He could have been out of motion for greater than a month by the point he returns.

The British and Irish Lion was injured within the dying minutes of Wales’ 9-6 win in opposition to Australia in a problem by Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi described as “reckless” by Wales coach Warren Gatland.

Scarlets will probably be boosted by the return of Hadleigh Parkes, Gareth Davies and Ken Owens after worldwide responsibility, and Pivac stays hopeful Ball may even be out there.

“Jake’s hitting all his markers from an HIA perspective, so hopefully he retains ticking these bins, and there is a slot to suit him into,” added Pivac.

“James (Davies) has been involved (periods), if he comes by (coaching) he’ll be out there for Friday but it surely’s an enormous ‘if’ as a result of the work-load may be very intense and he is been out for 11 weeks.”

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