Rugby World Cup 2015: Leigh Halfpenny hopes to regain kicking duty from Dan Biggar

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Former Wales flanker Mark Davies treats Leigh Halfpenny on the pitch

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has lauded fly-half Dan Biggar's performance during his injury absence, but hopes to regain kicking duties.

Halfpenny, 26, has been Wales' first-choice kicker since 2012 but was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury which could take eight months to heal.

In his absence, Biggar has not missed a kick while scoring 36 points in Wales' wins against England and Fiji.

"When I get back playing I want to try to get back kicking," Halfpenny said.

But whoever is the kicker I'm sure will do a fantastic job for Wales," he added.

"Ultimately I'm happy either way as long as it's good for the team.

"I love kicking for Wales, It was a dream of mine growing up and it's been a huge privilege.

"Dan's doing an unbelievable job and I'm really pleased to see him do so well."

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Six Nations return unlikely

Halfpenny ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments during Wales' World Cup warm-up win against Italy in September.

The Toulon player hopes to be back playing before the end of the season but admits a Six Nations return is unlikely.

"The Six Nations is probably unrealistic. I'll be there or thereabouts by then," he said.

"Being match fit is my focus, getting the knee right and getting back for Toulon."

The former Cardiff Blues player's target is to return for his French club and make a claim to be included in Wales' summer tour to New Zealand.

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"To get a call-up for the summer tour, you obviously have to be playing well," Halfpenny added.

"I need to get back playing well for Toulon and then hopefully earning the right to stake my claim for the summer tour."

Biggar could be a wanted man

With Halfpenny out, Biggar struck a long-range winning penalty in the 28-25 win over England at Twickenham and contributed 13 points in the win against Fiji.

Following Biggar's man-of-the-match display in the victory over England, Halfpenny expects the Ospreys fly-half to become the subject of interest from clubs in France's Top 14.

"I have no doubt there'll be a lot of interest for Dan. He's a fantastic player, he's world-class," Halfpenny said.

Biggar was linked with a lucrative move to Racing Metro in 2013 but opted to remain at the Ospreys, signing a new contract which is set to expire next summer.

"There'll be huge interest, he's an outstanding player, but that'll be Dan's decision and it's about what's right for him," Halfpenny added.

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