Leigh Halfpenny has spent his entire rugby career proving that size isn’t everything and
it’s a challenge he positively relishes.
At 5ft 10ins and 13st 5lbs, the Wales full-back is small compared to the giants that now occupy the international arena, not just among the forwards, but the backs as well.
Yet what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in guts and commitment, which is
typified by his fearless work in defence.
Halfpenny has always been accustomed to being one of the smallest – if not the smallest – player on the pitch, having found himself in that position from when he first picked up a rugby ball.
But now, as then, the message to the bigger players has always been, “You shall not pass”.
That’s the attitude he will adopt again this afternoon when he forms Wales’ rock-solid last line of defence against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Once more, he will put his body on the line, regardless of the size of the opponent bearing down on him.
“I love the challenge,” said the 24-year-old.
“It’s something I’ve always relished since I was a kid.
“I’ve always been the smallest in the team. Everyone else has always been bigger than me.
“And yet I’ve always enjoyed the physical side of the game, the tackling. It’s something I see as a challenge.
“They are probably thinking ‘I am bigger than you, I am going to run over the top of you’.
“I am looking at them and thinking ‘No chance, you are not passing me’.
“That’s something I enjoy and I’ve been working hard on it over the last couple of years.
“Shaun Edwards has brought that part of my game on a hell of a lot and it’s something I’m looking to keep going.”
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