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Halfpenny returns for derby clash against Cardiff Blues

Fullback Leigh Halfpenny returns for Saturday’s clash against his former side Cardiff Blues at Parc y Scarlets.

Halfpenny has been unavailable after a concussion against Australia during Wales’ autumn campaign

The West Wales region will be keen to get the Guinness PRO14 campaign back on an even keel after defeat to the Ospreys last weekend.

With Halfpenny returning to action Johnny McNicholl retains his place wing with Rhys Patchell unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury last weekend. Gareth Davies and Hadleigh Parkes retain their 9/10 partnership with Jonathan Davies and Kieron Fonotia in midfield. Tom Prydie joins McNicholl and Halfpenny in the back-three.

Following Jake Ball’s shoulder injury against the Ospreys, Josh Helps comes in to the second row alongside David Bulbring, with the remainder of the pack remains unchanged.

Looking ahead to the game against Cardiff Blues on Saturday at Parc y Scarlets, head coach Wayne Pivac said it’s a ‘must win’ game:

They’ve had some good results and they’ve probably had some that they wouldn’t be happy with, we’re no different. It’s two teams coming in to the game knowing the importance of the game for our individual conferences. It’s a game for us that we need to win. It’s a home game and we’ve got a proud record at home and we want that to continue.

We see them as a dangerous opponent because it’s a derby. There’s a lot on the line and plenty to play for.

– WAYNE PIVAC

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