Wales sweat over news of North’s calf strain

Jim Mallinder has reassured fans that George North should still be fit for Wales' summer tour despite limping out of Northampton's Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Harlequins on Friday night. [more]

George North

Jim Mallinder has reassured fans that George North should still be fit for Wales’ summer tour despite limping out of Northampton’s Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Harlequins on Friday night.

British & Irish Lions wing North was replaced by Tom Collins after just 20 minutes of Northampton’s 18-10 victory over English rivals Harlequins.

The 22-year-old had picked up a calf strain in the warm-up but felt he was still fit to start the game, only to be replaced after a quarter of the match.

However, Northampton director of rugby Mallinder is hopeful the injury is not serious and that the winger still has plenty to offer club and country this season.

“George North has a calf strain, hopefully it's not too bad,” he said.

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“He picked it up in the warm-up and thought he was OK to carry on but clearly wasn't 100 per cent.

“Tom Collins hasn't been selected for the England Under-20s so they must have some brilliant wingers. He's been great for us all season.

“Kahn Fotuali’i is a special player. There were two outstanding nines on the field with Danny Care for them, but I thought we marshalled him well.”

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