Wales ready to wait on North and Biggar

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:20
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NEWS: Wales will give George North and Dan Biggar as long as they can to prove their fitness for Saturday's Six Nations clash against England in Cardiff.

Both powerhouse wing North and flyhalf Biggar took part in Friday's training session after coach Rob Howley named the pair in his starting side announced Thursday.

North suffered a leg injury during Wales's tournament-opening 33-7 win away to Italy on Sunday, while Biggar went off at half-time in Rome after suffering a blow to his ribs.

"They both took part in training today," Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde told reporters on Friday.

"We are the same as we were yesterday. We will give them both as much time as possible, leading up to the game.

"Everything we have asked him [North] to do, he has been able to do.

"Obviously, we have got contingency plans in place. We've got [wings] Steff Evans and Alex Cuthbert with the squad as well.

"Everybody has got their heads on psychologically," added former Wales hooker McBryde.

"Everyone is making sure they are preparing the best they can, ticking off everything they need to cover."

North did some on-field stretching exercises as Cardiff wing Cuthbert and uncapped Scarlets flyer Evans trained as well.

If North is ruled out, the 44-times capped Cuthbert, whose 15 Test tries included a match double in Wales's 30-3 Six Nations title-winning rout of England four years ago, is the favourite to take over. 

If Cuthbert plays, it will be his first Six Nations appearance since he featured in Wales's 21-25 defeat by Grand Slam champions England at Twickenham last year.

If Biggar is ruled out, Ospreys teammate Sam Davies - who impressed off the bench in the second half at Rome's Stadio Olimpico - would make his first Test start.

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