Pride in their Lion: Leigh Halfpenny's family smother their star video

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A moment for the family: Leigh Halfpenny is named in the Lions squad.

Being named in a British and Irish Lions squad is a big deal.

Passion to play for the Lions runs deep as Leigh Halfpenny revealed on Wednesday (NZT Thursday) when he released a video of the moment he was named in the squad for the June tour to New Zealand.

Despite having 71 test caps for Wales, passion to play for the Lions against the All Blacks was evident as the outside back leapt in ecstasy as his name was read. He shared the moment online with a simple statement: "What a feeling."

Leigh Halfpenny is mobbed by family after he was named in the Lions team to tour NZ in June.
@Leighhalfpenny1/ Twitter

Leigh Halfpenny is mobbed by family after he was named in the Lions team to tour NZ in June.

Tuned in to the live announcement, Halfpenny received the news surrounded by family who encircled him in a giant group hug after waiting a few anxious minutes.

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Wales star Leigh Halfpenny has been selected in the Lions squad to tour NZ.
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Wales star Leigh Halfpenny has been selected in the Lions squad to tour NZ.

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