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George North returns to international duty after missing Wales' victory over South Africa in November because of concussion

George North returns to international duty after missing Wales' victory over South Africa in November because of concussion

George North returns to international duty after missing Wales' victory over South Africa in November because of concussion

Wales star George North has been told that there is "a lot of pressure and expectation on him to perform" in Friday night's blockbusting RBS 6 Nations opener against England at the Millennium Stadium.

The powerhouse Northampton wing returns to international duty after missing Wales' victory over South Africa in November because of concussion.

But the 22-year-old, who has scored 19 tries in 45 Tests for Wales, will be under a fierce spotlight.

North replaces in-form Scarlets back Liam Williams, who has to be content with a place on the bench, while one other change following the 12-6 Springboks success sees Gloucester hooker Richard Hibbard returning instead of Scott Baldwin.

"We had a good chat to George," Wales head coach Warren Gatland said. "We don't think he has played that well in the Welsh jersey in the last few games, so there is a lot of pressure and expectation on him to perform.

"But one of the things he has done for Wales is that he has scored tries, and he continues to do that for his club as well.

"He does have that X-factor. We are looking for a big performance from him on Friday night."

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