Why isn't Leigh Halfpenny playing for Wales against Italy and who will replace him?

WALES are taking on Italy after winning the triple crown in the Six Nations.

The Welsh have secured wins over Ireland, Scotland and England but will not have Leigh Halfpenny in their starting line-up today.

Why isn't Leigh Halfpenny playing for Wales against England today?

Leigh Halfpenny was left out of the Wales squad to face England two weeks ago after picking up a concussion against Scotland at Murrayfield.

While Wayne Pivac has not given a reason for Halfpenny's omission from the squad today, it is highly likely that the full-back has not completed all stages of World Rugby's Return To Play protocol.

Under this protocol, players who suffer concussion must not perform any exercise until they are symptom free.

When they do return to training they must remain free of symptoms throughout their rehabilitation.

And in order to return to matches, the player must be signed off in writing by a qualified healthcare professional trained in evaluating and treating concussions.

Two weeks ago, Ireland captain Johnny Sexton was unable to take part in their game against France after going off for a head injury assessment away to Wales a week earlier.

Who will replace Leigh Halfpenny?

Liam Williams moves into Halfpenny's full-back spot following an impressive display against England.

And that allows Josh Adams to remain on the wing for the Dragons.

Dan Biggar will take over Halfpenny's kicking duties.

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