Halfpenny privileged to play for Toulon

Date published: October 10 2014

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Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has described playing for Toulon as ‘a privilege’ ahead of his debut this Sunday.

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has described playing for Toulon as ‘a privilege’ ahead of his debut this Sunday against Toulouse.

Halfpenny’s time with the club has been somewhat of a rollercoaster before he’s even pulled on the shirt.

Concern over a groin injury prompted speculation from owner Mourad Boudjellal that his contract may be terminated, if it was discovered to be a pre-existing condition before he signed.

All of that though is now behind the British and Irish Lions star, who has been named in the squad to travel to Toulouse as Toulon look to extend their advantage at the summit of the Top 14.

“Being injured has been very frustrating. But I worked hard with the medical staff during my recovery,” said Halfpenny.

“Now that I can see the end of the tunnel and I’m ready to play, I hope to have a chance on Sunday to wear the jersey of Toulon on my shoulders. I’m impatient to play my first game with the Toulon.

“I’m ready to play and I worked hard to get there. I feel good. I think every time you’re on a field, there is pressure and expectation to have a good game. It’s part of working life.

“But I see it more as a privilege to play for this great team and I look forward to joining the field with the other guys.

“I’m not here to talk about what happened (the controversy over his health), I’m just 100 percent focused to make my debut.”

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