Leigh Halfpenny is set to leave Toulon at the end of the season.
Although it had been expected that Leigh Halfpenny would re-join the Cardiff Blues on a WRU dual contract at the end of the season, Wasps appear to be making a move for the Lions fullback.
Indeed, according to a report in Wales Online this afternoon, the Scarlets have replaced the Blues as the Welsh side most likely to land the Halfpenny. However the Scarlets would have to fend off Dai Young’s Wasps if they are to attract Wales star.
Although Halfpenny would be handed a WRU dual contract should he return, the financial might of Wasps’ owner, Derek Richardson, could prove decisive in the battle to sign one of the game’s best goal kickers.
Nevertheless, if Halfpenny were to join Wasps, he could fall foul of Gatland’s law determining the number of overseas based players involved in the Welsh squad.
While the Welsh coach will be permitted to select three foreign based players next season, Halfpenny would be competing against the likes of Jamie Roberts, George North, Luke Charteris, and possibly even Alun Wyn Jones and Rhys Webb, who have been linked with moves abroad in recent weeks.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena