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Halfpenny named as Nations' best

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been voted RBS Player of the Six Nations Championship.

"It's the icing on the cake of an exceptional year for Wales. It is a privilege to be part of such an exceptional group of people," he said.

"For my name to be added to the list of players who have won this award in the past is incredible."

Halfpenny claimed 40pc of the vote from the 80,000 people who had their say, which was more than three times the number in 2012. Italy's Alessandro Zanni came in second with 11pc of the vote followed by Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg in third with 8pc.