Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac says he would be interested in talking to full-back Leigh Halfpenny “if he is serious” about returning to Wales.

Halfpenny’s contract at Toulon ends in summer 2016, with Cardiff Blues reported to be interested in re-signing the player.

The 26-year-old left the Blues for France in the summer of 2014.

“He’s no different to anyone else. If he is serious about returning we’d be interested to talk to him,” said Pivac.


“We don’t have an endless budget, but I’ve said it earlier and nothing has changed.

“If there’s any returning Welsh players we’d like to have the opportunity to talk to them just to check what’s going on in the market-place and find out their value.”

It is likely any return to Wales by the 2013 British and Irish Lions full-back would be on a national dual contract funded 60% by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Under the terms of the agreement between the four regions and the WRU, the player’s region of origin would have first refusal on a player returning to Wales – suggesting he Blues would be favourites.

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