British and Irish Lions: George North a concern ahead of first Test with Australia

Last Updated: 15/06/13 4:00pm

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George North: Suffered a tight hamstring against the Combined Country XV

George North: Suffered a tight hamstring against the Combined Country XV

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George North is the British and Lions' main injury concern ahead of next weekend's first Test with Australia.

Sky sources suggest, however, the Lions remain hopeful that he will be available for the Brisbane showdown and media reports on Friday which stated North had already been ruled out are premature.

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The Wales wing reported a tight hamstring during Tuesday's match against a Combined Counties XV and he was left out of the squad to take on the New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.

Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree said: "George is not quite right for the weekend, in terms of everybody else you are going to have to speak to the doctor for an accurate injury update.

"Of course we have Billy Twelvetrees coming as cover and he plays a couple of positions. So speak to the doctor for a more accurate update."

Sore

Lions coach Warren Gatland accepts that injuries are likely to play a part when it comes to selection for the opening Test.

"I think there are one or two that are a little bit sore that may next week be out of contention because they won't have been fit enough early enough in the (Test) week," Gatland said, without naming specific players.

"That is potentially what might happen.

"By the time Saturday (first Test) comes round, they might all be fit, but one or two are possibly going to be ruled out because they are not fit enough earlier in the week.

"We've got a few bodies among the backs who have been knocked around, which is why Billy Twelvetrees has been brought in as cover."

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