Hamstring injury rules Saints star North out of rest of Wales tour

George North (picture: Sharon Lucey)

George North (picture: Sharon Lucey)

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Saints star George North will miss the rest of Wales’ tour of New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury in the first Test.

North hobbled off during Wales’ 39-21 defeat at Eden Park and it was revealed on Sunday that the 23-year-old would be heading home.

Wales have called Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell and Ospreys wing Keelan Giles to New Zealand as injury cover.

“It’s very disappointing because I thought George was outstanding (in the first Test) and his battle with Waisake Naholo was a great part of the game,” said Wales boss Warren Gatland.