North fit for first test, Tuilagi ‘touch and go’

Wales winger George North has been passed fit to face Australia in the first test this weekend, after tearing his hamstring in the win against the Combined Country XV. Assistant coach Rob Howley has praised the hard work North has put in to get himself in shape

“I’ve not seen him in a better physical shape,” said Howley. “George was up bright and early this morning and came through a fitness test. It is a huge fillip and a real morale booster to have someone like him fit.

“He has been icing his hamstring continually throughout the day. His whole focus has been getting himself right. It is completely different from other tours we have been on, the professionalism among these talented players.

“They are preparing for the biggest game in the calendar year and their diligence and professionalism can only be admired from within the camp. It shows how much they want to wear that red jersey.”

England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi is still an unknown, given the nature of his shoulder injury. With Jamie Roberts highly likely to miss out, Gatland and his coaches will be hoping Tuilagi can recover in time.

4 thoughts on “North fit for first test, Tuilagi ‘touch and go’

  1. Tuilagi will be a huge loss, but there’s still 2 exceptional players fit. North is the only stand out winger and ….. North Vs Falau!!! What a match up.

    If it’s Ioane on the other wing I hope we go Zebo over Cuthbert. Just don’t think Cuthbert has the gas and defensive nous to deal with him.

      1. agree with both above. has to be Zebo at 14 for me. Cuthbert and Maitalnd both have flaws, and i think both players would be exposed by Ioani. Zebo is a classy player, plus his ability to pop up in midfield as an extra pair of hands is great.

        very happy North is back!

        obviously i would love Manu to be fit to play 12, but Davies was huge last week, so i wont be too upset if Manu isnt fit.

  2. That’s a relief. Manu is a huge loss to Gatland as he loves big 12s, but Davies is on absolute scintillating form so Tuilagi/Roberts are less of a worry.
    Zebo has to start at 14 for me, Cuthbert’s defense would get seriously shown up by Ioane, just like it it was at Morahan’s hands.

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