In a recent article published on Wales Online, Simon Thomas revealed Leigh Halfpenny holds ambitions of playing Super Rugby at some point in the future.
Of course, the Welsh fullback wouldn’t be the first northern hemisphere player to make an impact south of the equator. In recent years, Huw Jones, Danny Cipriani, Jamie Hagan, James Haskell, Frédéric Michalak and Andy Goode have all tried to their hand to differing levels of success in Super Rugby.
Nevertheless, the financial firepower at the disposal of European clubs has ensured that the dominant migration pattern sees players move from south to north. However, as has often been argued in the past, northern hemisphere players could benefit from being exposed to Super Rugby.
South of the equator, power isn’t the only required attribute, no matter the number on their back, players must possess soft hands, a quick turn of pace, speed of thought, and most of all an appreciation of space.
Although these attributes are not associated with traditional northern hemisphere rugby, there exists a group of players who could very easily make the transition to Super Rugby.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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