South West Wales

Rugby World Cup: Halfpenny's parents help stranded fans

Leigh Halfpenny
Image caption Leigh Halfpenny has played a key role in Wales' success in New Zealand

The parents of Wales' World Cup star Leigh Halfpenny are helping five stranded rugby fans whose passports and money have been stolen in New Zealand.

Steve and Estelle Halfpenny are heading out for Auckland for Wales' semi-final against France on Saturday.

Mrs Halfpenny said they were glad to help the men, from Swansea, and they had been promised tickets for the game.

Meanwhile, Wales coach Warren Gatland has arranged accommodation for the men.

One of the five men is the son of the Halfpennys' neighbour.

Mr and Mrs Halfpenny are helping them by taking out clothes, bank cards and cash to New Zealand.

The pair fly to the country on Wednesday ahead of Wales' biggest game in 24 years.

"We've already had thousands of offers to carry our bags," joked Mrs Halfpenny.

Leigh Halfpenny who plays his club rugby for Cardiff Blues, played in Wales' 22-10 quarter-final victory over Ireland.

The game has set up a mouth-watering tie against old rivals France at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

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