Boost for Glasgow as Leigh Halfpenny ruled out of Pro14 semi-final

Glasgow have been handed a boost ahead of their Guinness PRO14 semi-final with Scarlets on Friday after full-back Leigh Halfpenny was ruled out of the last-four clash.

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Friday's PRO14 semi-final with a hamstring tear. Picture: Getty Images

The goal-kicking Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back has been sidelined by a torn hamstring.

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Halfpenny was instrumental in the Scarlets’ run to this season’s European Champions Cup semi-finals.

Head coach Wayne Pivac, though, says there is a chance that Halfpenny could be available for next week’s PRO14 final in Dublin if Glasgow are toppled.

Full-back and wing option Johnny McNicholl is available for selection after overcoming a shoulder injury.

“Leigh has a small tear there, so with any luck, should we get through the semi-final, then he may be available for the final,” Pivac told BBC Sport.

“Johnny has been training really, really well for the last couple of weeks.

“The last obstacle for him was full contact, and he’s done that and come through, so he’s available for selection.”