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Rugby Union

Halfpenny ready for England clash

12th February 2019, 13:32 by Neil Foster

Leigh Halfpenny is back in training and fit to play for Wales against England in the Six Nations.

The 30-year-old has been out of action since suffering a head injury against Australia in November but doctors have ruled he is now over his concussion and free to resume his playing career.

The British & Irish Lion picked up the blow in a challenge by Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi and missed Wales' victories over Tonga and South Africa.

He has also been absent from their first two Six Nations victories - over France and Italy - but will be in contention to face the Red Rose in Cardiff on February 23.

Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac confirmed that the former Toulon man is fit again and would love to see him play a club match before returning to the red shirt.

"It's great to see him running around with a smile on his face," said Pivac. "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)."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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