Halfpenny still dedicated to Toulon

Date published: September 17 2014

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Leigh Halfpenny is determined to make a success of his stint in Toulon despite Mourad Boudjellal casting doubt on his future.

Leigh Halfpenny is determined to make a success of his stint in Toulon despite Mourad Boudjellal casting doubt on his future.

The Wales and Lions full-back joined the French and European champions over the off-season but has yet to make an appearance because of a groin injury.

Boudjellal this week questioned whether Halfpenny knew about his groin problem before signing for Toulon, and indicating that he would be investigating further to get to the truth of the matter.

If it turns out Halfpenny was already injured prior to signing, Boudjellal revealed that the club would consider terminating his contract before he has even played a game.

However his agent Tim Lopez, who flew out to France for talks, insists that Halfpenny is committed to the club.

“Leigh is as committed as ever to making a success of his time in Toulon and he's working hard to get back as quickly as possible,” said Lopez.

“He can't wait to pull on the Toulon shirt and show their supporters what he's capable of.

“He's the ultimate professional. He's doing everything he can to play again.”

The issue has come to a head with Toulon currently struggling for goal-kickers, with 20 points missed on Saturday night proving the difference in a home loss to Stade Français.

Matt Giteau has been out of action through injury, while Frederic Michalak was forced off against Stade with a shoulder problem.

In their absence James O'Connor, Delon Armitage and Eric Escande all took turns from the kicking tee, combining to miss six shots at goal from six attempts.

Giteau's return for this week's trip to Brive should ease the pressure somewhat, however Halfpenny is still not available.

Given that he would normally be away with Wales for the November internationals and the Six Nations, Boudjellal believes that he is not getting his money's worth for his most high-profile off-season investment.

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