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Six Nations: Leigh Halfpenny back for Wales v England

Leigh Halfpenny is over his concussion and will return to Wales training on Wednesday as they prepare to face England in the Six Nations, says his Scarlets boss Wayne Pivac.

The British and Irish Lion, 30, has not played since suffering a head blow against Australia in November but will be fit to face England on 23 February.

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

Fly-half Rhys Patchell is fit after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The pair will return to Wales training on Wednesday, with Pivac waiting for news on whether they will be released to travel to Italian side Benetton in the Pro14 on Saturday.

Halfpenny was injured in a challenge by Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi that Wales boss Warren Gatland described as “reckless”.

The blow led to Halfpenny missing Wales wins against Tonga and South Africa, with Liam Williams and Josh Holmes having played at full-back since.

Halfpenny’s return would ease any goal-kicking worries Wales might have had if Gareth Anscombe is preferred at fly-half to Dan Biggar when they take on England.

More to follow.

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