Auckland - Wales despair at losing the first Test to New Zealand 39-21 in
Auckland deepened Saturday with fears of another serious injury blow
which may end the tour for star wing George North.
North was a
standout performer for Wales, stepping around Julian Savea and forcing
the All Blacks to replace their left wing early in the second half.
However, the Northampton Saints wing pulled up lame late in the game and coach Warren Gatland feared the worst.
has a hamstring injury and we'll assess him tomorrow(Sunday) to see if he'll be
able to play a further part in the tour," Gatland said.
precaution, Wales early Sunday called up teen sensation Giles Keenan and
flyhalf Rhys Patchell to fly to New Zealand as cover.
replace North if needed while Patchell would be insurance cover for
Gareth Anscombe and fullback Liam Williams who also suffered knocks
during the Test, although Gatland downplayed the extent of their
If North is ruled out it will be a huge setback for Wales who have a mounting injury toll.
Aled Davies arrived in New Zealand a few hours ahead of the first Test
to replace Lloyd Williams who suffered an ankle injury in training and
will not recover in time for the remaining games.
He is the second
replacement flown in for the three-Test tour after Aaron Jarvis arrived
on Wednesday to cover for prop Paul James who was sidelined by a calf
Even before the tour began, Wales were forced to leave
behind flanks Dan Lydiate and Justin Tipuric as well as wing Alex
Cuthbert because of injuries.