Halfpenny’s Toulon contract thrown into doubt

Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny’s position with Toulon has been cast into doubt after club chairman Mourad Boudjellal says that the internationals contract could be terminated.

British and Irish Lions star Halfpenny missed the end of the season with a shoulder injury and has not played for his new club Toulon due to a persistent groin injury.

There are reports that Halfpenny may require surgery to rectify the problem and this appears to have brought about a change of mind for Boudjellal.

The Toulon chairman says that Halfpenny may have joined the club with an exising injury and this could lead to his contract being terminated.

“Today, we must address this issue because we need a world class goalkicker. We’re awaiting the medical update,” Boudjellal told Varmatin.

“It would have been another two or three weeks. But the problem that we have now is that we think he may have arrived at Toulon with that injury. Now we have the impression that yes, he was injured when he signed for Toulon.

“If this is the case, we haven’t ruled out terminating his contract.

“We pay enough for players (for when they’re away with their national teams). We don’t feel like preparing Halfpenny for Wales just for the Rugby World Cup.

“We’re conducting an investigation. I will know the whys and hows this week.”

Wales coach Warren Gatland will also be concerned about the injury as the Autumn Internationals are less than two months away.

However should Halfpenny be dropped by Toulon he would be in line for a WRU and could possibly return to the Blues in Cardiff.

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