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Leigh Halfpenny trolls Dan Biggar brilliantly during Alun Wyn Jones' charity auction

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Leigh Halfpenny has been at the forefront of Wales' and the British and Irish Lions success over the past decade or so.

The 29-year-old Swansea-native, who returned to Welsh Rugby with Scarlets last summer, is his nation's third-highest record point scorer and arguably one of the most consistent kickers in world rugby.

Having helped the Lions to a Test series success in Australia back in 2013, as well as winning 75 caps for his country - scoring 672 points in the process, Halfpenny has certainly enjoyed a stellar career at the top, one that most can only dream of.

So, you would think he is the last person who would need kicking practice.

Yet during a charity dinner for Welsh legend Alun Wyn Jones in Cardiff on Thursday night, Halfpenny was in the mood for a bit of mischief.

Wyn Jones, who is currently captaining the side in Sam Warburton's absence, named Forget Me Not Dementia Day Clubs and Golau Cancer Foundation as his charities of choice for his testimonial year, before an auction which was held later on.

One of the prizes on offer was a kicking clinic to work alongside Wales, fly-half, Dan Biggar.

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The clinic, of course, would be ideal for a regional player looking to improve their kicking game.

As the bids went up and up in price, Halfpenny's name flashed upon the big screen, which showed a cheeky bid of £550 had been lodged in his name. 

We're not sure if the full-back did end up with the winning bid but it would still be fascinating to see Biggar try to provide some tips and advice to someone as established as Halfpenny nonetheless.

He certainly looked in decent kicking form during the opening weekend of the Six Nations, scoring four conversions and two penalties against Scotland.

The 29-year-old missed last week's defeat to England through illness but is expected to return to face Ireland next Saturday.

Meanwhile, Biggar has been absent with a shoulder injury and has targeted the match against Italy on March 11 for his comeback.

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