"Exciting new chapter" - Leigh Halfpenny makes shock move overseas - Ruck

“Exciting new chapter” – Leigh Halfpenny makes shock move overseas

In a surprising twist of events, an intriguing piece of news emerged regarding the former Welsh international star, Leigh Halfpenny.

He has made the decision to join the reigning Super Rugby Pacific champions, the Crusaders, for the upcoming season.

This noteworthy transition comes in the wake of the URC side, the Scarlets, opting not to extend Halfpenny’s contract, leaving the seasoned fullback on the lookout for fresh challenges.

Leigh Halfpenny’s illustrious career representing Wales and the British and Irish Lions has firmly established him as one of the most exceptional tactical talents in the world of rugby.

His offensive prowess and impeccable kicking skills have endeared him to fans and made him a pivotal player during the most successful period in Welsh Rugby’s professional era.

Given his remarkable pedigree, the news of his move to the Crusaders, where he will serve as an experienced mentor in their new-look setup, stands as a brilliant strategic move by incoming coach Rob Penny.


 England get easy pool for 2027 Rugby World Cup

With the current World Rankings in mind, let’s delve into how the 2027 Rugby World Cup will shape up via Rugby Centre.

2027 Rugby World Cup draw (Current rankings)


  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • Portugal
  • Spain


  • France
  • Fiji
  • Tonga
  • Chile
Antoine Dupont of France during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.