WRU make ‘best possible’ offer to Halfpenny

Date published: January 5 2017

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips has revealed that the ‘best possible’ offer has been made to bring Leigh Halfpenny home.

The former Cardiff Blues full-back has spent the last three seasons in France playing for Toulon, winning the Champions Cup in his first season.

Halfpenny’s contract with the three-time European champions ran for two seasons with an option of a third, an extension he took up after missing the majority of last season through injury.

Now the WRU hope to bring Halfpenny back to Wales on a National Dual Contract – a deal where the WRU pay 60 percent of the salary.

“Any way you want to look at it, on the pitch he’s a match-winner and he is an ambassador for Welsh rugby. He is a hell of a nice guy,” Phillips told theĀ Press Association.

“You would want him in your mix, not at a distance. He is somebody we think a lot of. We have made him the best offer we possibly can.

“Obviously, we all hope he comes back (to Wales), but he is his own man, and I respect his decision. I am sure there is a bit of head and heart for him to go through. It’s difficult. We have all been in those positions.

“Clearly, I hope he does come back, but if he doesn’t, I understand that.

“Obviously, the clock is now ticking, and there is a point at which certainly Toulon would need some certainty.

“The reality is we can pick him (for Wales) anyway, but I am sure Leigh knows that some time in the next couple of weeks he has got to make a call on it.”