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'The headaches wouldn’t seem to go away' - Leigh Halfpenny opens up about concussion nightmare

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Leigh Halfpenny has spoken out about his frustration at being sidelined for three months with concussion.

The Scarlets full back missed Wales’ Grand Slam winning Six Nations campaign after suffering a concussion during an autumn victory over Australia on November 10.

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He described the worry of persistent headaches when he tried to return to training.

The uncertainty and the unpredictability of it, with no knowing when you were going to be back playing.

The length of time it went on for was the worry and the headaches wouldn’t seem to go away. Every time I tried doing a bit of training my head would start pounding and I’d feel dizzy. So it was a bit of a worry at times.

– Leigh Halfpenny

The 30-year-old said it was the uncertainty surrounding the injury which took it's toll on him.

With a shoulder or a knee (injury) you’re given a set time of when you’re going to be out for and you’re able to set goals and do rehab. And train along the way and aim for a game to be back for whereas with concussion there’s that uncertainty.

You can’t set goals. There’re times when you’re just told to rest and as a sportsman you want to be training, you want to be out there playing.

– Leigh Halfpenny

Halfpenny made his competitive return for the Scarlets at the end of February.

A game which he says was extra special because it was the first match his daughter attended.

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Having a little one does put things into perspective. Rugby has been a huge part of my life but I've got a little one to think about now so it certainly does put things into perspective.

– Leigh Halfpenny