Leigh Halfpenny undecided on his future

Wales and Toulon star Leigh Halfpernny is ready for a European Champions Cup showdown against Saracens on Saturday
Wales and Toulon star Leigh Halfpernny is ready for a European Champions Cup showdown against Saracens on Saturday

Wales international Leigh Halfpenny said that he is yet to take a call on his future as he continues to be on the comeback trail from a knee injury.

The fullback suffered a ligament tear on his knee during Wales' 23-19 Rugby World Cup 2015 warm up win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium following which he was ruled out of the high profile tournament as well.

The 27-year-old will be part of the Toulon side which will take on the defending champions Saracens in the European Champions Cup opener on Friday. Reports emerging out that Halfpenny is considering to return to Wales once his contract with the French club ends next summer.

"Since the injury last year, I have just wanted to completely focus on my rugby and not really think about my future at this point in time," Halfpenny told reporters on Thursday.

"Obviously, I realise that there will be a time when I have to start thinking about that decision, and I am sure that will start in the next couple of months.

"But, right now, I can honestly say I haven't thought about what my decision is going to be for next season.

"I am just focusing on trying to get back to full fitness and trying to improve game on game and put in good performances for Toulon."

Apart from Halfpenny's injury, Wales also lost scrum-half Rhyss Web on the same game but now with both the players declared fit, it is expected that head coach Rob Howley might name them in the interim squad for the autumn internationals.

Describing the injury period was a tough one, Halfpenny is confident to regain full fitness soon.

"The injury was a tough period," Halfpenny added. "The timing of it just before the World Cup was hugely disappointing.

"I've had a few injuries in my career, and it was probably the toughest one I've ever had in terms of the rehab, and getting back to full fitness has been tough.

"It was an extremely intense rehab, and the medical and conditioning staff at Toulon and the Welsh Rugby Union were excellent in helping me get back to full fitness.

"I am just enjoying being back playing - I missed it so much. The knee is feeling good. I feel that every game I play it's getting better and better, so it's good to be back.

"I definitely feel like I am not far away from where I was before the injury.

"It took a few games to get back into things, but certainly the last couple of games, I feel like I am getting more back into the rhythm of things and to where I was before the injury."

The former Cardiff Blues star returned to action after the injury for Toulon in the semi-finals of the previous season and has been an integral part of the club since then. Halfpenny is also wary of the challenge ahead and believes the game against Mark McCall's men might test him and the team out.

"I have missed playing the game," he said.

"It's great to be back in amongst it, and this weekend against Saracens is another test for us. They are current European champions, so it is going to be a massive challenge.

"They are a quality outfit, very organised and well-drilled. We have to be at our best on Saturday if we want to get a result.

"Ever since I have been involved in the Heineken Cup or Champions Cup, there has been that buzz in the build-up to the tournament.

"For me, it is another step up in intensity. You have got the best teams in Europe going against each other, and teams really lift their game for the tournament.

"Sometimes, I've come off the field or woke up the next morning after a European Cup game, and you feel like you have been in an international match. The intensity is right up there."