Wales welcome back North for Scotland clash

9:50 AM GMT

George North has been passed fit to start for Wales in their Six Nations clash with Scotland on Saturday.

Northampton Saints wing North was a late withdrawal from the Welsh team that lost 21-16 to England 11 days ago but returns in the only change to that side.

As expected, interim head coach Rob Howley has kept faith with in-form back row Ross Moriarty, meaning Taulupe Faletau once again has to make do with a place on the bench.

Faletau is joined among the replacements by Bath teammate Luke Charteris. Alex Cuthbert, who replaced North against England, has dropped out of the matchday 23.

“We have been able to select from a position of strength which is a huge positive and it is good to welcome George [North] back into the starting XV and Luke [Charteris] on to the bench,” Howley said.

“In terms of intensity and performance, we stepped up a level against England and we need to take the positives from that performance and take it into 80 minutes against Scotland at Murrayfield.

“We know what we are capable of and we want to deliver that on Saturday alongside the result, which international rugby is all about.”

Wales squad to face Scotland:

Halfpenny, North, S. Williams, J. Davies, L. Williams, Biggar, Webb; Evans, Owens, Francis, Ball, Jones (captain), Warburton, Tipuric, Moriarty.

Replacements: Baldwin, Smith, Lee, Charteris, Faletau, G. Davies, S. Davies, Roberts

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