Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny will return to Wales training tomorrow as the squad prepare to face England.

The 30-year old hasn’t played since suffering ahead injury against Australia in November, but Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac says Halfpenny will be fit.

“It’s great to see him running around with a smile on his face,”  he said.

Pivac is waiting to see whether or not Halfpenny and fellow Welshmen Rhys Patchell will be released by Wales to play in the Pro 14 on Saturday.

The British and Irish Lion’s fitness has been rigorously tested according to Pivac, who said;

“He did everything – full contact, full tackling – we had a mini-game scenario with no hiding places and he was taking high balls, getting clattered and did everything he needed to do,

“He goes back as ‘available’, in consideration for Wales, and if they feel they need a game, we’ll slot them in against Benetton.”

Patchell, who is also returning from a hamstring injury trained alongside Halfpenny on Monday.

“They’ll return to Warren and his Wales group, and they’ll make a call as to what they want to do from there after Wales training on Wednesday.

“Patch has also been out for a number of weeks and it was good to see both of them flying at everything – both can’t wait to get on the field,” Pivac added.

Both players will be aiming for a space in the Wales team that face England on the 23rd of February at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Written by Sam Bytheway

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