Wales lose star wing

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:04
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INJURY UPDATE: Wales will have to do without star wing George North for their forthcoming end-of-year Tests because of a knee injury, his English club Northampton Saints revealed on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old suffered the injury in the humiliating 13-57 thrashing by two-time European champions Saracens in their opening Champions Cup clash last Sunday. 

"George North suffered a sprain to his posterior cruciate ligament against Saracens which will require six-eight weeks rehabilitation," a statement issued by Northampton said.

North, capped 69 times, has become increasingly prone to injuries with the latest coming after he insisted on playing on after receiving treatment following a crashing tackle by Brad Barritt before collapsing to the ground in a subsequent attack.  

Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to name his squad for the four Tests on October 24.

His side face the Wallabies on November 11th, Georgia a week later, world champions the All Blacks on November 25, and round off their packed programme against South Africa on December 2.

Agence France-Presse