Leigh Halfpenny is one of the finest rugby union players of his generation. A prolific point scorer for club and country, he’s loved by rugby fans from all around the world.
Born 22 December 1988, Leigh Halfpenny started playing rugby during his school years and he was signed as a youth by the Ospreys in 2005. He then progressed quickly, representing Neath and Cardiff RFC before joining the Cardiff Blues.
Over a distinguished career for the Cardiff Blues, Leigh Halfpenny made 87 appearances and scored an impressive 568 points. However, injuries plagued the later part of his career with the side and he left to join Toulon in 2014. During his time in France, he helped Toulon win three successive Heineken Champions Cups. However, after his contract expired, he returned to Wales and joined the Scarlets on a three-year contract.
Although Leigh Halfpenny has enjoyed a distinguished career at domestic level, he’s saved some of his greatest performances for the international stage. Halfpenny rose through the Welsh junior setup, appearing for the national side at U16, U18, U19 and U20 level before he made his full international debut in 2008. Since, he’s been capped almost 100 times by his country and he’s now the third highest point scorer of all time for Wales. On top of this, during his illustrious international career, he’s been named in British and Irish Lions squads in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2021. As well as being capped in four tests, he was also voted as the player of the series in 2013.
Now in his early 30s, Leigh Halfpenny still has several years of top-flight rugby left ahead of him. We can’t wait to see what other records he can break.