George North ready for France Six Nations challenge, says Wayne Pivac
Wales boss Wayne Pivac states that George North has”got the bit between his teeth” before Saturday’s Six Nations clash with France in Cardiff.
The Ospreys wing has enjoyed a gorgeous Wales profession to his name for his nation using just Shane Williams with more attempts.
Despite that pedigree North came in for criticism by some pundits as when Wales lost 24-14 into Ireland in Dublin 12 weeks ago he fought to make an impact.
“George has been among the best,” Pivac said. “If I have to select [Wales’] top five trainers, he’s right up there.
“He is working extremely hard, conveying well and also is still a mature man at the group. That is encouraging.
“I expect a big game from George about this weekend. I understand he is very eager to get out there and play.
“Surely, with any of the squad, their performances are not by lack of hard labour, desire and desire. He is definitely showing that, also if he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be picked.
“George has trained very well this past week. He’s got the bit between his teeth. There are but he has played with 90-odd Tests plus he has 40 attempts.
“He’s a few when on it. It is our job to have him involved with the sport, and we are looking to do that as much as we could.”
Ireland and france are the only two nations who can win the Grand Slam this year.
They’ll arrive with former Wales defence specialist Shaun Edwards in their training ranks although les Bleus have not won a Six Nations match in Cardiff since 2010.
Pivac included:”You’ve got a mentor in there who understands this ground [Principality Stadium] inside out. He has had a good deal of success there.
“Without a doubt he will be getting to them and trying to build their confidence. They’re a fantastic side, and we’ve noticed that.
“The last few years have indicated there is nothing between the two groups.
“They’ve got some world-class gamers in their team. To win championships you have to have world-class players, and they’ve got a few of these, so they will be very dangerous.”