Blues would love Halfpenny return

Date published: July 19 2015

Cardiff Blues have expressed an interest in bringing back Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny from European champions Toulon.

Halfpenny had a successful first year with Toulon, winning last season's Champions Cup, and has a year to go on his contract with the option of a third season.

Potential problems regarding Halfpenny's release for next year's Test series against New Zealand have alerted the Blues towards a possible move. The final of the Top 14, should Toulon make it, and the international matches will overlap.

Wales though would have priority given the match is inside the official Test match window.

Cardiff Blues would look to bring Halfpenny back to the Welsh captial with the help of the Welsh Rugby Union as the club seek to rebuild under a new head coach in Danny Wilson, after last season's tenth place finish in the Pro12.

“We will discuss recruitment plans with our new coach Danny Wilson but clearly it would be daft not to try and get a player of Leigh’s calibre back to the Arms Park,” Blues chief executive Richard Holland told WalesOnline.

“We are ambitious and want to be competitive at the top end of club and regional rugby and are interested in any player that becomes available, be it on a dual contract or a regional deal.

“We didn’t manage to get Jamie Roberts back but we’ve now put a new coaching team in place and would always be open to strengthening our squad.”