BBC Sport - Leigh Halfpenny: Why are players leaving Welsh rugby?
Why are players leaving Welsh rugby?
- From the section Rugby Union
BBC Sport's Joe Wilson looks into why big-name players like Leigh Halfpenny are leaving their home country to ply their trade abroad.
Halfpenny will be among an eight-strong Welsh contingent playing in the French Top 14 next season, as Wales' leading players continue to be enticed away from the four cash-strapped Welsh regional teams.
The ongoing dispute between the regions - the Blues, Newport Gwent Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets - and the WRU and the uncertainty over what competitions they will be playing in next season has added further pressure on players coming out of contract.
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