Wales' North out of NZ Test

2012-11-22 20:13

Cardiff - Wales saw George North joined their already lengthy casualty list on Thursday when the wing was ruled out of Saturday's Test against New Zealand in Cardiff with a hip injury.

The 20-year-old was injured in training on Tuesday and his place on the Wales left wing at the Millennium Stadium will be filled by Scarlets team-mate Liam Williams.

North has scored 11 tries in 25 Tests and was considered to represent one of Wales's best hopes of breaking through world champions New Zealand's defence.

Williams won his one previous Wales cap against the Barbarians - a match most countries do not classify as a full international - in June.

He has impressed for the Scarlets so far this season, but in his preferred position of fullback.

North could return for Wales's final match of the European autumn campaign, against Australia on December 1.

But his injury has seen him join Adam Jones, Dan Lydiate, Alun Wyn Jones and Josh Turnbull, Richard Hibbard, Dan Biggar and Ian Evans in being unavailable this weekend.

However, centre Jonathan Davies is fit to face the All Blacks while hooker Matthew Rees also returns after a calf problem.

Six Nations Grand Slam champions Wales, last year's World Cup semi-finalists in New Zealand, have already suffered damaging home defeats by Argentina and Samoa this month.

Wales haven't beaten New Zealand since 1953, a run of 24 consecutive losses, with the All Blacks arriving in Cardiff on a run of 19 Tests unbeaten against all opponents.



15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Liam Williams, 10Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Ryan Jones, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Aaron Jarvis, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Paul James

Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Scott Andrews, 19 Aaron Shingler, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Tavis Knoyle, 22 James Hook, 23 Scott Williams

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ben Smith


  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-11-22 23:28

    all blacks wont be able 2 continue with this form!! just ask the boks who were unbeatable a few years ago and wales that won the 6 nations cup earlier this year!! its just a matter of time before other teams start 2 work you out and it only takes one team 2 show the rest how 2 do it and then its down hill from there!! then there is need for change to get ontop again!! but unfortunately the boks are afraid of thet change and are still stuck in years ago when that tactics worked.. ja we beat ireland and scotland but they are way below us on rankings!! aus and nz beat us and even arg drew level in a game they should have won!! if we have 2 play france they will hammer us at the moment!! they are def second behind the all blacks this year!! im a big bok fan,just raising my opinion!!

  • Arche' van Rensburg - 2012-11-22 23:31

    all blacks will take this one but i expect a much improved game from wales!! they are on a losing streak and would look to end it!! they know they are playing the best team in the world at the moment so they will be giving everything!!

      vakamei - 2012-11-23 14:24

      Hi Ache...There is a sense in the air that the ab can only get better. They are their own worst enemies at the mo. They innovate the next style of play with the talent NZ offers and can match the physicallaty of S.A and the flambouncy of the french (ALWAYS). The rich history the country has pop at 4.5 million people. Its all grassroots to profesionalism. Its like putting on the superman jumper when your a kid to when putting the black jersey on, There's so much factors to their success. But NZRFU and the NZ public should be proud of the history the mighty all blacks have concured for over 100 years. (Its NZ boyhoods dream of becoming an ALL BLACK)

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