Leigh Halfpenny: Ex-Wales star to make Super Rugby debut for Crusaders

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Leigh Halfpenny is to make his long-awaited Super Rugby debut for Crusaders against Queensland Reds on Saturday.

The 35-year-old feared his first season in New Zealand could be wiped out after tearing a pectoral muscle in a pre-season friendly at Munster in February.

But the former Wales full-back has recovered faster than expected in time to start against Reds in Christchurch.

He posted on social media:, external “Excited to get out there with the boys tomorrow.”

Halfpenny, Wales’ third highest points-scorer, signed a one-year deal with Crusaders after announcing his retirement from international rugby.

His return will help boost the defending champions’ dwindling hopes of reaching the play-offs, following just two wins from nine games, and sees former Scarlets team-mate Johnny McNichol switch to wing.

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