Former Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny joins Crusaders

Leigh Halfpenny joins Crusaders on a one-year deal
Leigh Halfpenny joins Crusaders on a one-year deal

Former Wales international Leigh Halfpenny will be heading to New Zealand after signing a one-year contract with Super Rugby Pacific champions Crusaders.

Halfpenny, who has played over 100 Tests for Wales announced retirement from international rugby following the Rugby World Cup and was part of the side that played Barbarians last weekend.

The 34-year-old will now head to Crusaders for the 2024 season after Richie Mo'unga is set to play for Japanese club Toshiba Brave Lions next season.

"I've always watched Super Rugby and the Crusaders are the team I've always followed," he said.

"I've always loved the time I've spent in New Zealand on tour.

"It's a passionate rugby nation and I've always been made to feel very much at home there.

"My family and I are very excited about the move."

Having played at fullback for most part of his career, Halfpenny is ready to switch to fly-half if the situation demands.

"Fullback is where I play, where I enjoy playing. But wherever I get the opportunity to put the jersey on, I'm happy," Halfpenny said.

"To play 10 and challenge myself there would be exciting as well, and I certainly would be welcome to that opportunity if it presented itself."

Halfpenny started his career with Cardiff in 2007 and also played for Toulon and Scarlets. He also represented Wales at the Under 18, Under 19 and Under 20 levels.