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Wales full back Leigh Halfpenny poised to make his much-anticipated debut for Toulon this weekend – WalesOnline

Leigh Halfpenny is in line to make his long-awaited Toulon debut this weekend after being named in the squad to face Toulouse in the Top 14.

The Lions and Wales idol is set to give Warren Gatland a huge fitness boost ahead of the autumn internationals by returning to action for the first time in seven months.

Halfpenny hasn’t played a match since dislocating his right shoulder while making a try-stopping tackle on Luther Burrell against England at Twickenham in March.

He hasn’t even set foot on the field of play for his new club Toulon because of a groin injury, but returned to training last week and could make his debut for the European champions on Sunday.

“The injury has been frustrating and it has taken a lot of rehab to get it right,” said Halfpenny.

“But we have got to a point now where I am ready to play and it’s what I want to do.

“I can’t wait on Sunday to put the jersey on and I am very excited about playing my first game for Toulon.

The Wales full back added: “Every time you take to the field you are under pressure.

“But I also see that as a privilege to take to the field with all the boys here at Toulon.”

Halfpenny would then have further games against the Scarlets and Ulster in Europe’s Rugby Champions Cup, plus a French Championship clash with Grenoble to prove his fitness and form to Gatland in time for the Millennium Stadium November opener against Australia.

With the World Cup less than a year away, Gatland is unlikely to take any chances with his prolific points-scorer.

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