George North is ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa. The Welsh winger won’t make the tour due to rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
North suffered the injury while playing for Ospreys against Cardiff Blues in the Pro14 Rainbow Cup last Saturday He suffered the problem early in the second half of the 36-14 victory. His leg got stuck in the Liberty Stadium turf and. The winger needed helped off the field.
George North Tweet
North made his feelings known in a tweet:
“Sport can be cruel. I will need surgery next week. Heartbroken is an understatement.”
He played an important role at outside center in Wales Six Nations campaign. Wales won the competition despite blowing a Grand Slam against France
George North was a prime candidate in Gatland’s squad to tour South Africa in July and August. His versatility and experience of playing on previous Lions tours.
This would have been a third Lions tour for North. He was part of the squad in Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017
It’s a big blow for the Lions and a big blow for George as well,” Gatland told BBC Jersey.
“For a number of years we thought about the potential of him moving from the wing into the midfield and how would he go with that.
“We’ve seen players in the past, in particular All Blacks players like Tana Umaga and Ma’a Nonu, start their careers on the wing and ended up moving into the midfield for the All Blacks.
“He was looking incredibly promising from the Six Nations and the way he performed.
Lions coach Warren Gatland will name his 36-man squad on 6 May. He has also included a coaching set up of Robin McBryde Neil Jenkins Gregor Townsend for the tour. This will be the first time the former Scottish fly-half will have been part of a Lions coaching team