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Wales set for fitness boosts

Wales' injury situation appears to be easing ahead of the match against England at Twickenham later this month.

George North left the field during Wales' 27-13 win over Scotland with a sprained ankle and the Scarlets wing is currently undergoing intense rehabilitation with a view to being back in training next week.

Huw Bennett (calf) and Ryan Jones (dead leg) also picked up their injuries at the Millennium Stadium. Ospreys hooker Bennett is undergoing intense treatment and hopes to be back in training next week, while club-mate Jones is in the early stages of rehab on his thigh injury but also hopes to be in contention for Twickenham on February 25.

Captain Sam Warburton was ruled out after a last-minute fitness test on Sunday after failing to recover from a thigh problem.

The back-rower will take advantage of the extra time before the trip to England to further his recovery and is expected to be fully integrated back into training at the start of next week.

Two players who were ruled out of contention for selection for the Scotland game, Scarlets hooker Matthew Rees and Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric, have both also handed Wales fitness boosts.

Tipuric is recovering well from his ankle problem and is expected back in full training on Monday, and Rees is recovering well from his calf problem and remains in contention for selection against England.

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