Leigh crowned the top player
LEIGH Halfpenny has been described as one of the best full-backs in world rugby after the Wales star was crowned the overwhelming winner of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations player of the tournament.
Halfpenny was outstanding throughout Wales's title-winning campaign, picking up man-of-the-match awards against France and Italy. He also scored 74 points to equal Neil Jenkins's Welsh record for the Championship.
The Gorseinon product polled 40 per cent of the public vote from a 15-man shortlist. His nearest rival was Italian flanker Alessandro Zanni (11 per cent), with Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg third (8 per cent).
"Leigh is fearless, courageous and is one of the best full-backs in world rugby. He can be very proud of his performances throughout the championship," said Wales interim coach Rob Howley.
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"He constantly strives for perfection in his preparation and performance and sets high standards. He is a model professional in every facet of and I am delighted for him.
"His contribution to the side has been huge and he fully deserves to be named player of the championship."
Halfpenny said: "I can't thank the people who voted for me enough. It's a real honour and privilege to be voted RBS 6 Nations Player of the Championship, and I'm overwhelmed to be in amongst the players shortlisted.
"It's the icing on the cake of an exceptional year for Wales, and it is a privilege to be part of such an exceptional group of people.
"It can't get any better for me. To top off such an amazing day as Saturday by winning this is huge."
Halfpenny follows the likes of Martyn Williams (2005), Shane Williams (2008) and Dan Lydiate (2012) as previous Welsh winners of the award.