North ruled out of New Zealand tour


Wales have confirmed George North will miss the remainder of their tour of New Zealand due to the hamstring injury he suffered in Saturday's first Test.

North pulled up in the second half of Wales' 39-21 defeat in Auckland and had to be helped from the field in clear discomfort.

It had been feared the British and Irish Lions wing would play no further part in the matches against the All Blacks and that news has now been confirmed.

A statement from the Welsh Rugby Union read: "George North has been ruled out of Wales' tour of New Zealand and has been released from the squad."

The WRU called up versatile back Rhys Patchell and teenage winger Keelan Giles on Saturday, amid concerns over the fitness of North and Gareth Anscombe, who took a knock to the hip at Eden Park.

Wales face New Zealand again in Wellington next Saturday, with Dunedin hosting the third and final Test the following weekend.