Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny joins Scarlets on national dual contract

Wales player Leigh Halfpenny raises a smile during training ahead of the start of the RBS Six Nations on January 28, 2014
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Leigh Halfpenny pens a three-year contract with Scarlets in a deal partly funded by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has signed a three-year contract with Scarlets.

The 28-year-old, who has 75 international caps, was out of contract after being released by French giants Toulon.

However, he returns to play rugby in his native country on a deal partly funded by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

Halfpenny told reporters: "I'm delighted to be coming back to play in Wales.

"I would like to thank the Scarlets and the WRU for giving me the opportunity to sign a national dual contract (NDC) and can't wait to get started."

Wales head coach Warren Gatland added: "It is great news for Welsh rugby that Leigh Halfpenny is returning to play his rugby in Wales.

"The NDC system helps us to bring these players back and I look forward to seeing him play for the Scarlets."

Halfpenny's deal at Scarlets, who won the Pro12 last season, is likely to see 60% of his salary paid by the WRU.

Sam Warburton of Wales looks on during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Wales at Murrayfield Stadium on February 15, 2015
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