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Neck surgery rules Warburton out for four months

Sam Warburton will miss four months. Credit: PA

Cardiff Blues and Wales star Sam Warburton is to undergo surgery following the recurrence of a long-standing neck injury.

The Blues said that former Wales skipper Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand this summer, faces up to four months out.

It means that Warburton will miss Wales' autumn Tests against Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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Halfpenny hands Wales boost by joining Scarlets

Leigh Halfpenny has joined the Scarlets. Credit: PA

Leigh Halfpenny has handed Wales a significant boost by signing a three-year deal to join the Scarlets.

The British and Irish Lions full-back will return to Wales after three years in France with Toulon, having signed a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and the Scarlets.

Bath and Wasps had closely tracked Halfpenny, who had not had his contract renewed by Toulon, but the 28-year-old's return to Wales has been hailed by head coach Warren Gatland.

Halfpenny's future had been left in limbo after Toulon opted not to offer the former Cardiff Blues star a new deal, but now his return to Welsh soil has relieved a potential headache for national boss Gatland.

"It is great news for Welsh rugby that Leigh Halfpenny is returning to play his rugby in Wales," said Gatland.

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