Lions tour: George North less than 50-50 to be fit for first Test
Last Updated: 17/06/13 6:55am
George North: Wales wing in Brisbane fitness race
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has revealed that Wales wing George North is rated as "less than 50-50" to be fit for Saturday's first Test match against Australia in Brisbane.
North is facing a race against time to be available for the Suncorp Stadium showdown due to a hamstring problem.
And with centre Jamie Roberts suffering a suspected hamstring injury during Saturday's 47-17 demolition of the New South Wales Waratahs, Gatland could be forced into some significant back division rethinking.
"George's hamstring is still tight, he is still being treated," Gatland said.
"We have to make the call on Wednesday. He has not trained. To be honest, he is less than 50-50.
"Fingers crossed with Jamie. He has never pulled a hamstring before - he is not 100% sure whether that is the injury.
"The forwards seem to be holding themselves together, and unfortunately the backs are the ones who are taking all the knocks. It is something I haven't really experienced in the past.
"When you look at probably the most attritional position out of all them, the loose forwards, and they are all up fit and running and ready to go. It is just one of those things that happen.
"When we look back on it, we might think that 16 backs (in the original tour squad) wasn't enough. I've already said that I have noticed a physical step-up from four years ago.
"I think we have been a little bit unlucky. Not so much that they are major injuries, just the bumps and bruises the players are getting that are holding them back."