Wales wing George North ready to take on the Springboks

Uncapped players Gareth Davies and Matthew Morgan included among the replacements

George North has recovered from a virus and is included in the Wales team to play South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

George North has recovered from a virus and is included in the Wales team to play South Africa. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

 

George North has overcome a virus to be named in Wales’ starting line-up for their first Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Head coach Warren Gatland has picked an experienced side for the game in Durban with Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies and Ospreys’ Matthew Morgan the only uncapped players in the squad.

Wales claimed a 34-12 victory over Eastern Province Kings in a warm-up match on Tuesday and Gatland is looking forward to a tough examination against the Springboks.

“A Test series in South Africa is always a tough challenge, but we are excited by it and looking forward to getting out there on Saturday,” Gatland said.

“A lot of this side have experienced playing over here before in big games and this week is no different, it’s going to be a brilliant occasion, the atmosphere will be electric and hopefully it will be a great Test match.

“As coaches we have been impressed in training over the last couple of weeks and there were a couple of tough calls to make but it’s great guys like Gareth and Matthew have a chance after putting their hands up.” WALES: L Williams, A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts, G North, D Biggar, M Phillips; G Jenkins, K Owens, A Jones, L Charteris, AW Jones, D Lydiate, A Shingler, T Faletau. Replacements: M Rees, P James, S Lee, I Evans, J Turnbull, G Davies, J Hook, M Morgan.

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