Wales expect North and Lee to return for France

The Welsh duo of George North and Samson Lee look set to make their return to rugby in the Six Nations when Wales play France in Paris next week.

Northampton Saints winger North missed last week’s Test 23-26 victory over Scotland after he was concussed twice against England in the opener.

Prop Lee was also concussed in Wales’ loss to England and was replaced for the Murrayfield test on Sunday by Ospreys tighthead Aaron Jarvis.

Wales coach Warren Gatland is now expecting to be able to field a full strength team for France.

North is expected to return in the back-three, and it could be that his fellow British and Irish Lion Alex Cuthbert makes way, given Liam Williams’ impressive display against Scotland and consistently outstanding form this season.

“A lot of the players have gone back to the regions to play, which gives them an opportunity for them to show what they can do,” Wales assistant coach and forwards specialist Robin McBryde said on Friday.

“There is an element of crossing fingers and hoping we don’t get injuries.

“But from their point of view, especially the boys who haven’t been involved as much, they want to sharpen their tools, and there is no better place to do that than playing for their regions.

“We are in a fortunate position. We’re in the best shape that we ever have been in after the first two (Six Nations) games.

“It’s a healthy camp, and hopefully we can reap the benefits of the squad competition during the campaign.”

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