Halfpenny: ‘I needed Toulon move’

Date published: January 27 2015

Toulon full-back Leigh Halfpenny says his move to France has ‘re-energised’ him as a player, despite a rocky start.

The British and Irish Lion switched from the Pro12 to the Top 14 at the start of this season.

Leaving the familiarity of Cardiff Blues behind, Halfpenny revealed that he was learning a lot about himself on and off the field in France.

“Going to Toulon with some fantastic players and working with them day in day out, you learn a lot, particularly in attack,” said Halfpenny.

“I loved my time in Wales but when I made the move to France it was a huge challenge and a new one which I needed. I am learning a lot in my personal and rugby life.

“It has given me motivation and I found myself re-energised to prove myself every week. The squad we have got is a great group of guys who work extremely hard for the team, the jersey and each other.”

Starting his time off at a new club with an injury however was a huge setback for Halfpenny and his club, who missed his goalkicking expertise much to owner Mourad Boudjellal’s frustration.

“It was a tough start with the injury and going to a new team. You want to go there and impress and work hard for your jersey. It was quite frustrating with the injury to begin with but I got over that,” added Halfpenny.

“I have managed to get a run of games in the squad and I feel settled now. I have been enjoying my rugby since I have been back playing.”