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Former Welsh star Halfpenny set for shock Super Rugby stint

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Wednesday Nov 1, 2023

In a surprising turn of events, an interesting piece of news broke that former Welsh international star Leigh Halfpenny’s decision to join the Super Rugby Pacific champions, the Crusaders, for the upcoming season. This significant move came after URC side the Scarlets chose not to renew Halfpenny’s contract, leaving the experienced fullback in search of a new challenge.

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Halfpenny’s illustrious career with the Wales and the British and Irish Lions has solidified his status as one of the most exceptional tactical talents in the world of rugby.

His prowess in attack and an impeccable kicking game have made him a fan favourite and a key player for the most successful run in Welsh Rugby during the professional era. Given his pedigree, the news of his move to the Crusaders as an experienced mentor to a new look set-up is a masterstroke by incoming coach Rob Penny.

Speaking about the move, Halfpenny said, “I’m looking for that to be announced next week… I’d like to carry on playing for another couple of seasons if I can. I’ve got a contract for another season and then we’ll see what happens after that.”

The Crusaders, based in Christchurch, are no strangers to success, having clinched the last seven Super Rugby titles.

The move also holds personal significance for Halfpenny, as it marks a unique opportunity for him to test his abilities in a new rugby environment. Joining a club renowned for its emphasis on free-flowing rugby and innovation, he’ll have the chance to further develop his game and contribute to the team’s already impressive track record.

As Halfpenny embarks on this new chapter of his career, it will undoubtedly be a captivating journey to witness, and his presence in the Super Rugby Pacific league is sure to add an extra layer of excitement to the upcoming season.

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