Earlier this morning Wales Online reported that George North had been ruled out of Wales’ showdown with England on Saturday, and would be replaced Alex Cuthbert.
The news didn’t come as too much of a surprise for fans, as Rob Howley couldn’t confirm North’s participation in the highly anticipated clash despite naming him in the Welsh starting XV. However, after images showing North taking part in the captain’s run began to circulate, questions relating to North’s selection were once again raised.
— Chris Jones BBC (@chjones9) February 10, 2017
The video was followed by a press conference in which Robin McBryde didn’t commit to ruling North out the fixture, only to say “All I can do is rely on what the medics are telling me. It’s obviously a close call, that’s why we are leaving it late. Rob Howley will make the final call on it”.
Simon Thomas of Wales Online then tweeted to say that Wales could wait until an hour before kick-off to make a final call on both North and Biggar.
Wales could leave it until an hour before kick-off tomorrow to make a final decision on the fitness of George North and Dan Bigger.
— Simon Thomas (@simonrug) February 10, 2017
The manner in which events are developing certainly seem a little strange. Why would Wales announce that North is fit to play, name him in their team, then draw question marks over his inclusion, before having him take part in the captain’s run after Wales Online reported that the winger had been ruled out?
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