Cardiff Blues: Metro deny Halfpenny bid

Racing Metro 92 Cardiff Blues full-back Leigh Halfpenny

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Racing Metro 92 have quashed rumours that they have made an approach for Cardiff Blues full-back Leigh Halfpenny.

Halfpenny has been linked with a move from the Blues after his brilliant performance in the British & Irish Lions’ 2-1 series win over Australia.

The Paris-based club have already signed Halfpenny’s Welsh team-mates Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate but the club deny they have met with Halfpenny or his representatives.

Halfpenny has been at the centre of media attention for a number of months following his exceptional performance for both Wales and the Lions. He was named the Six Nations Player of the Tournament in 2013 and was the Lions’ man of the series in Australia.

The Cardiff Blues have already confirmed they want Halfpenny to sign a new deal as he is out of contract at the end of next season. The Welsh international was part of Wales’ Grand Slam win in 2012 but Racing Metro 92 have denied trying to talk to the full-back so far this summer.

A statement on their website said: “According to the newspaper Rugby Paper, delegations from Racing Metro 92, of Clermont and Toulon have met the player’s agent Leigh Halfpenny in London last week.

“Racing Metro 92 through its president Jacky Lorenzetti wishes to deny this information as it is concerned: it does not fall into the proposed bidding agents.”

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