On November 8, 2008, aged just 19, the full-back was given his full international debut for Wales against world champions South Africa at the Millennium Stadium. Six days later Halfpenny earned his second cap against Canada, scoring two tries in a handsome win.
The Wales star was selected for the 2009 British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa but had to return home early with a recurrence of a thigh injury. After two years plagued by injury, Halfpenny was a key player for Wales at the 2011 World Cup, impressing at full-back en route to the semi-finals.
He was the star of the 2012 Six Nations tournament, contributing 66 points in their Grand Slam success. He was central again in 2013, winning the Player of the Tournament as Wales won back-to-back slams.
Halfpenny was named Man of the Series in the British and Irish Lions’ magnificent tour success in Australia. His 21-point haul in the Sydney decider was a Lions Test record, and his 49 points in the series bettered his goal-kicking mentor Neil Jenkins’ previous best set in 1997.
He has been nominated for the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.