The 2018 Six Nations is just over four weeks away and it promises to be yet another edition of the tournament filled with drama, excitement and intrigue.
Wales will be looking to secure their first Championship victory since they lifted the title in 2013 but their preparations haven’t been helped by the raft of injuries currently engulfing the Welsh camp.
Sam Warburton has been ruled out, while Dan Lydiate, Taulupe Faletau and Ross Moriarty are all expected to either be in a race to be fit or miss a portion of the campaign.
Well, the news just keeps getting worse for Warren Gatland as the Northampton Saints have today confirmed that George North will be sidelined for four weeks due to a knee injury he picked up in the Saints’ loss to Harlequins at the weekend.
Saints Technical Coaching Consultant Alan Gaffney commented, “While it’s disappointing that George will be missing ahead of Saturday’s game, this injury means an opportunity for another player in the squad to step up to the plate. I’m sure George will be diligent in his rehab and we all wish him a swift recovery.”
While the timeline suggests North could make the opening game against Scotland at the Principality Stadium, in all likelihood, North won’t be available for that Six Nations fixture considering he would have little to no training under his belt due to the injury.