Boudjellal – ‘Toulon won’t offer Halfpenny contract’

Date published: June 14 2017

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed the Top 14 club will not be offering a new contract to Wales and Lions full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Halfpenny's deal with the French side comes to an end this summer and Boudjellal said they would not be extending his contract because of international commitments.

The 28-year-old was unavailable for their Top 14 final clash with Clermont last month as he opted to link up with the Lions squad in New Zealand.

He had been in good form for Toulon after spending the best part of a year on the sidelines with the serious knee injury which ruled him out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"I did not want to extend it [Halfpenny's contract]," Boudjellal said on Sky Sports.

"It is not for nothing. It the fault of the international system and internationals being absent too often.

"If he had stayed he would have returned in early August and missed the first three games because he could not have played for a month."