Halfpenny has more to give to Toulon

Date published: August 15 2016

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has revealed why he opted to stay at the club for a third campaign ahead of the new Top 14 season.

Halfpenny missed almost all of last season as a result of the serious knee ligament injury he suffered prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, only returning during the Top 14 play-offs.

The 27-year-old's contract with Toulon was originally for two years with the option of a third, and when asked he chose to take up that option Halfpenny wasted little time in answering.

“Because I’ve loved my first two years here, on the pitch and off it,” Halfpenny told Midi Olympique.

“But, above all, because I hardly played last season. I couldn’t leave in such a situation.

“My adventure isn’t over. I had to stay to give more to this club. I want to give it everything to repay the faith that I’ve received.”

Halfpenny and Toulon will begin their campaign away to newcomers Bayonne this Sunday, and he admits the pain of losing last season's Top 14 final to Racing 92 has stayed with him during the off-season.

“The outcome of last season has been very hard to digest,” he added.

“For several days, the final haunted me. I replayed it again and again. There’s a lot of experience in this team, but we made too many mistakes in the management of our game.

“That is what kept the Racing in the encounter. It’s that simple. When you make mistakes, you can not win.”