Wales face anxious wait over North fitness

1:20 PM GMT

Wales could be without George North for next weekend’s second Test against New Zealand after the wing suffered a hamstring injury on Saturday.

North will be assessed by the squad’s medical staff on Sunday but seems unlikely to feature in Wales’ next match, against the Chiefs on Tuesday.

His absence would seriously damage Wales’ chances of winning a first ever Test against the All Blacks in New Zealand, following their 39-21 defeat at Eden Park.

“We might not have to worry about trying to tackle him next week,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said following the game in Auckland.

North had been one of his country’s most impressive performances before suffering the injury when tackling opposite number Waisake Naholo late in the match.

Replacement back Gareth Anscombe suffered suffered a hip injury, but Wales coach Warren Gatland said he would “take a day or two” to recover.

Rhys Patchell and Keelan Giles have been called up as injury cover for Anscombe and North.

Gatland has already lost scrum-half Lloyd Williams and prop Paul James to injury, with the pair scheduled to leave the tour following the first Test.

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