Leigh Halfpenny return for Scarlets 'a boost' for Wales - Jenkins

Leigh Halfpenny receives treatment
Leigh Halfpenny had to leave the field after receiving treatment for a head blow against Australia in November
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Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins says it will be a boost if Leigh Halfpenny sees action for Scarlets this weekend.

Halfpenny is set to play his first game of rugby in three months after being released from Wales' Six Nations squad to play for the Scarlets at Benetton.

The British and Irish Lion, 30, has not played since suffering concussion against Australia in November.

"Obviously he's an outstanding rugby player, there's no doubting that. He's been fantastic for us," Gatland said.

"Firstly, if he can get some game-time, that's the most important thing.

"He's with the Scarlets this weekend and I'm not too sure of their team yet but I'd like to think he'll play some part, which would be a big boost for us and for Leigh himself."

Outside-half Rhys Patchell and wing Steff Evans have also been released for the game.

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

The head blow led to Halfpenny missing Wales' autumn wins against Tonga and South Africa as well as their opening two Six Nations victories, with Liam Williams and Jonah Holmes having played at full-back since.

Cardiff Blues back rowers Seb Davies and Josh Turnbull and outside-half Jarrod Evans will also be released to Cardiff Blues for their home game against Glasgow on Saturday.

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Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac said Halfpenny's fitness was fully tested during a Scarlets training match.

"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 said.

Pivac added it was great to see the full-back "running around with a smile on his face".

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 on 23 February.

Patchell suffered a hamstring injury against Ospreys in December, while Halfpenny was due to return against Cardiff Blues the following week, but suffered a recurrence of headaches.

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