Leigh Halfpenny set to continue playing career with shock Super Rugby move
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Welsh veteran Leigh Halfpenny is set to make one final appearance for his country this weekend when he lines out for Wales against the Barbarians on Saturday.
Halfpenny has represented Wales 101 times in an illustrious career and has been linked with a move to England and Japan with his contract up at the Scarlets.
But it looks like he’s set to continue his career in New Zealand with a shock move to reigning Super Rugby champions the Crusaders.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland rubbished a move to England or Japan and has backed Halfpenny in his apparent move to one of the best teams in the world.
“Hopefully, he has got a big future ahead of him – it is an exciting challenge that he has been offered,” Gatland said.
“He spoke to me a number of weeks ago about where he was going to go. The speculation about going to England and Japan was all rubbish.
“I just said that it would be brilliant for him in terms of what he wants to do next and his CV, having played in France and won championships there, having been successful for Wales and having a chance to go to the southern hemisphere as well.
“And maybe after that experience, coming back and doing some kicking and some skills work and maybe following a Neil Jenkins (Wales skills and kicking specialist) path in terms of getting into the coaching aspect.
“He has been one of those people who have set incredible standards and is a great example for younger players coming through in terms of that.
“He is not the biggest man in the world, but he has always given 100 per cent for that jersey and he is a proud Welshman.”
An excellent move for the fullback, no doubt.