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HALF. One equal part of a thing divided into two parts, either in fact or in contemplation. A moiety. This word is used in composition; as, half cent, half dime, &c.

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"We've been looking to strengthen at half-back since I came to the club," Calland said.
"The context will be different and I hope our pack will put the half-backs in good conditions," said Brunel (above), who is expecting his side to face an aerial bombardment from the Irish half-backs.
Former England and Lions No.10 Barnes admitted he expects to see Wales stick with the half-back pairing that finished the job at the Stade de France, in the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
The gritty half-back helped the Lions secure the drawn Test series in New Zealand in 2017, before starring in Ireland's third-ever Six Nations Grand Slam in 2018.
His capture, in time for the Super 8s Qualifiers, ends Sheens' six-month search for a half-back.
The 26 year-old's mercurial talents have been a perfect fit for Hull FC, dovetailing with the more orthodox abilities of half-back partner Marc Sneyd.
With St George Illawarra stand-off Gareth Widdop also recalled, it points to Bennett using a third different half-back partnership in as many matches, although the veteran coach is keeping the Australians guessing by including last week's pairing of Luke Gale and George Williams in his 19.
"It's been a challenge for me - as playing half-back in Super League at the top level is a challenge.
The Wildcats' arch-rivals Castleford start life without mercurial playmaker Rangi Chase and now have an abundance of half-back options with Luke Dorn, Liam Finn, Brett Seymour and Marc Sneyd all arriving.
WELSH squad half-backs Rhodri Williams and Rhys Priestland drop down to the replacements bench for the Scarlets' trip to face Zebre in Italy this evening.
TONY OG REGAN Centre half-back Club: Rahoon-Newcastle Age: 28 Championship Debut 2003 Honours: 1 Leinster, 2 Allianz Leagues Another fine stick man who survived a winter cull.
The 25-year-old half-back or full-back, who has signed a one-year deal with the Co-operative Championship club, will join his new team-mates for training tomorrow and could play against his first club Leeds in next Sunday's friendly at the Huntington Stadium.