North on track to play for Wales at World Cup

Northampton Saints and Wales winger George North is on course to feature at
next month’s Rugby World Cup as he battles to recover from concussion problems.

Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins says that North has been training with the
rest of the Wales squad and should feature for Wales at the world cup.

North missed the last 10 weeks of last season after he suffered a third concussion
in five months which raised fears he might not be ready for the start of the
World Cup in England in September.

But as the World Cup countdown moves into its Test match warm-up phase, Jenkins
has issued a positive update on North’s progress.

Although Jenkins says it is unlikely the 23-year-old, who has scored 22 tries
during a 49-cap Wales career, will be involved against Ireland in Cardiff next
Saturday, he expects North to be fit to feature in one of the later warm-up
matches.

“George has been doing most of the stuff with the rest of the guys,”
Jenkins said.

“He is still picking up on a few things, and that’s to do with the medical
staff.

“But he is going pretty well at this moment in time, and has done a lot
of skills and a fair bit of rugby stuff.

“He is looking in pretty good shape, so hopefully things will keep progressing
and he will take some part in these games prior to the World Cup.

“I wouldn’t have thought he would be involved this weekend, but I am sure
three weeks down the road he could be involved in the Dublin game (against Ireland).”

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