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To me, Leigh Halfpenny is the best defensive full-back in the world," said Gatland.
In France, when you speak about the likes of Leigh Halfpenny and Jon Davies, the majority of times we saw them play, they were burying themselves at rucks as opposed to being on their feet playing the game.
Bath and Wasps had closely tracked Halfpenny, who had not had his contract renewed by Toulon.
Negotiations over the length of a potential NDC with the Blues also fell down and it has left Halfpenny still searching for new employers.
Halfpenny, 28, said: "When I went through the process of whether to take up this extra year I spoke with Mourad and said that for me to stay on, I would want to go on the Lions tour, if selected.
Biggar did a brilliant job, averaging 11 points a Test during that spell, but Halfpenny is now ready for his return to the front line.
And now Davies and Halfpenny are counting down the days as well.
Both players were carried off - Webb after 26 minutes and Halfpenny 11 minutes from time - as Wales laboured to a 23-19 success.
Selected for the 2009 mission to Springbok country, Halfpenny was allowed to join it late while he recovered from a thigh problem.
The ex-Glasgow boss believes in-form England ace Halfpenny and Scots kid Hogg have given coach Warren Gatland a tough choice to make ahead of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane in June.
WALES full-back Leigh Halfpenny is ready to put the boot into France in this weekend's Grand Slam clash and follow the example of goal-kicking hero Jonny Wilkinson.
LEIGH HALFPENNY contributed 22 points as an improved second-half display saw Wales put themselves on course for a potential Triple Crown with a 27-13 victory over Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.