Boks to face ‘Welsh Lomu’?

2010-11-11 11:31

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Cardiff - Wales coach Warren Gatland looks set to call in the man that local scribes have described as ‘the Welsh Jonah Lomu’ for Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at the Millennium Stadium.

George North is nearly two metres tall and weighs in at well over 100kg and his sensational form for the Scarlets in the Welsh league has drawn comparisons with the All Black legend Lomu.

Apart from his size, weight, power and the pace that he apparently possesses in abundance, North shares something else in common with Lomu in that if he does make his international debut as expected on Saturday, he will also be doing so well before reaching his 20th birthday. North is expected to line up on the right wing, where he will be marked by Bryan Habana, who some critics still feel is vulnerable defensively.

Gatland is said to have been impressed by the way the 18-year-old has come through in Welsh training sessions.

According to the Welsh newspaper the Western Mail, there will be three changes to the Welsh side, which is due to be named later on Thursday. James Hook is set to return to the midfield, where he will partner the inform Tom Shanklin, while Martyn Williams is to be recalled on the flank. Lee Byrne is expected to be over his injury problems so that he can play at fullback.

This means though that Gatland is unlikely to make the changes that many Welsh critics have been calling for, with halfbacks Mike Phillips and Stephen Jones coming in for a lot of criticism for their performances in the loss to Australia last Saturday.

Prop Gethin Jenkins, a cornerstone of a Welsh pack that was excellent against Australia and which could hold the key to Saturday’s result, reportedly gave the Welsh a scare on Wednesday when he sat out training. However he is expected to be fit to take his place in the team for the match.

Probable Wales team:

Lee Byrne, George North, Tom Shanklin, James Hook, Shane Williams, Stephen Jones, Mike Phillips, Jonathan Thomas, Martyn Williams, Dan Lydiate, Alun Wynn Jones, Bradley Davies, Adam Jones, Matthew Rees (captain), Gethin Jenkins


  • Ragged-Tooth - 2010-11-11 11:38

    Judging by that photo, it's more like a welsh lama.

      Kagiso - 2010-11-11 12:22

      lol, lol, lol! U r awesome dude, I totally agree!

      dictator - 2010-11-11 12:28

      You are sharp ragged tooth!Still laughing!viva the lama!

  • Joe Adams - 2010-11-11 11:38

    I dont believe Habana is defensively weak.. He tends to rush up and not in line. Basson is is probably the weakest defender in the Bok backline.

      Dan the Man - 2010-11-11 12:01

      "He tends to rush up and not in line"...that sounds defensively weak to doesnt matter how well you tackle if you're not in position to make the tackle

  • Hendrik - 2010-11-11 12:05

    Habana's defense in terms of tackling is not bad, but the decisions he makes in terms of defense are bad. Hope he doesn't cost us another try or two!

  • dictator - 2010-11-11 12:10

    First it was the Irish giant and now the welsh lomu.Whatever happened to that giant?Was he even on the field that day?.Ragged-Tooth...Spot on with the lama!

      Makutu - 2010-11-11 12:38

      LOL! True that... I never saw an Irish giant on Saturday.

      Magoo - 2010-11-11 17:34

      I saw him - that big Irish fella. Watched him closely after Tank's mention of him in the week leading up to the game. Most interesting part of his game was how he limped off in the 52nd minute! (if memory serves correctly on the time!) This GN is lined up to be the next piece of NH timber coming DOWN!

  • Cavall - 2010-11-11 12:18

    There is and always be one Jonah Lomu... Note Lomu did not score against the Springboks..ever!!!

      D - 2010-11-11 13:14

      I believe that SA was the only country he played that he did not score a try against as well. He socred against every other team he lined up against.

      Koos Kaap - 2010-11-11 13:52

      Lomu was te lig in die broek om verby Breyten Paulse te kon kom!

  • Makutu - 2010-11-11 12:40

    193cm tall and 105kg heavy... NOTHING! Lomu was 120kg and never scored a try against the Springboks. We like them big.

      Colin Klinkert - 2010-11-11 13:58

      This guy is only 18 though! ;) BUT - Sounds around Frans Steyns Size (even when he was 19 on Debut) - 191 and 102 is Frans.

  • Makutu - 2010-11-11 12:46

    lol... not close to Lomu!

  • Triordie - 2010-11-11 13:03

    Lomu never scored 1 try against the Boks. No worries here really.

  • shane.erlank - 2010-11-11 13:55

    2 metres tall and 100 kg's, ha ha that sound like our back line, never mind the forwards if thats your 'Jonah Lomu' bring it on !!!

  • shane.erlank - 2010-11-11 13:55

    Only 2 metres tall and 100kg's , is that considered big in Wales, thats the size of our average player, bring it on i say!!!

  • sonnyg - 2010-11-11 14:08

    They obviously want to kick high balls onto our fullback and wings.

  • roryeliot - 2010-11-11 14:31

    Frans is bigger then this bloke and he can kick a ball 80 meters too... we'll be fine :)

  • FuzzyStorm - 2010-11-11 14:41

    I wonder what the comparitve stats on JDV and FS are?

  • skywalker - 2010-11-11 16:45

    Bring the laaitjie on...the Boks dealt with Lomu and will deal similarly with the pretender North..!

  • Vincent - 2010-11-12 06:03

    Well, comparing him to Lomu is a big statement. Lomu is a legend that never scored against the boks. I will reserve my judgement till after the game. Guys, please so not think that coz Lomu never scored against the boks. As yes, that is true, but that was the boks then, the boks now can only win 1 game in the try nations and struggle in last 10 minutes against the irish. Lets call back James Small. LOL

  • molefeP - 2010-11-12 08:02

    And this time there is no Joost to cover Habana. I think that our "Stormers vrot kol" is going to be exposed for exactly what it is this weekend. Habana out of position, and Aplon to light to do two peoples defensive work.

  • Grant Wright - 2010-11-12 08:48

    Cant wait

  • Bittereinder - 2010-11-12 09:08

    Is it just me, or does the lama slightly resemble Alfred E. Neuman too?

  • Emile - 2010-11-12 11:59

    I don't understand. At 100kg and almost 2m taal, what do we call Jean de Villiers, Francois Steyn and a Jaques Fourie then? They are just as big or even bigger. Really a bullshit article. Don't they have anything better to write about? Johah Lomu my ass.

  • jameswsleigh - 2010-11-13 12:03

    Haha, remember that the only country that Jonah Lomo never scored against was SA? Another damp squib in the making?

  • Ulrich - 2010-11-13 14:48

    Guys let us judge the ou after the game. Wouldn't be nice if he ran over Habana and Aplon to score the winner with a minute to go, would it?

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