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Leigh Halfpenny could be set for a return to playing his club rugby in Wales after Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal threatened to cancel his contract with the French outfit. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Leigh Halfpenny could be set for a return to playing his club rugby in Wales after Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal threatened to cancel his contract with the French outfit. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Leigh Halfpenny could be set for a return to playing his club rugby in Wales after Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal threatened to cancel his contract with the French outfit. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Cardiff Blues say they would be "extremely keen" on Wales star Leigh Halfpenny possibly rejoining them after a cloud was cast over his future at European champions Toulon by the French club's controversial president.

Mourad Boudjellal has claimed in a French newspaper that terminating Halfpenny's existing two-year contract cannot be discounted due to ongoing injury problems. Halfpenny moved to Toulon from the Blues this summer on a lucrative deal. It was formally announced in January.

He suffered a dislocated shoulder during Wales' RBS 6 Nations defeat against England at Twickenham in March and underwent surgery ahead of an anticipated four-month lay-off.

But the 25-year-old goal-kicking full-back, who was Lions player of the series against Australia last year, is now struggling with a groin injury. He has yet to play for Toulon, and Boudjellal is rapidly losing patience suggesting that the 52 times-capped Halfpenny might have been injured when he signed for Toulon.

Should Boudjellal decide to ditch Halfpenny, it would raise the possibility of him returning to Wales on a dual contract partly-funded by the Welsh Rugby Union. A £3.3million pot has been set aside to pay players on dual contracts - 60pc WRU-funded 40pc by the four professional regions.

Irish Independent