Halfpenny gutted over missing Cardiff swansong

British and Irish Lions fullback Leigh Halfpenny says that he is gutted that he will not be able to play in a farewell match for his club Cardiff Blues due to injury.

The Wales fullback made his debut for the Blues in 2008 and has agreed to join French Top 14 rugby club Toulon on a two year deal in the summer.

Twenty-five-year-old Halfpenny injured his shoulder playing for Wales in their Six Nations loss to England.

“I would have loved to put that jersey on for one last time,” he told the BBC.

“(They’re) a fantastic group of boys and I’ve loved my time here. I’ll miss the squad massively and the fans as well who have been fantastic since I arrived here.

“When I had the injury I realised then I’d played my last game for the Blues for the next three years at least and I was gutted.”

The Blues complete their Pro12 campaign in an away match to their Welsh rivals the Scarlets on Saturday.

Halfpenny won man of the series in the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013 and he will join his Welsh team mate Ian Evans at Toulon next season after the Blues and Cardiff were unable to match the French club’s offer.

Despite the financials Halfpenny said that Toulon’s ambition to win big tournaments every year was the main reason behind him signing with the club.

“They’re a very ambitious club. They want to win year on year the Top 14 and the European Cup,” Halfpenny said.

“That was a deciding factor in my decision of how ambitious they are and they want to be the best.

“I’m looking forward to meeting up and working with the players out there. They’ve got some world class there.

“Watching their games and having played out there, it’s phenomenal when they’ve got a packed crowd.”

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