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George North takes centre stage on return as Wales thrash Italy

George North starred against Italy. Credit: PA
  • Wales 38-14 Italy

Northampton Saints wing George North scored two tries on his return to the Wales starting line-up as he helped his team secure a bonus point win over Italy in the Six Nations.

The 25-year-old, who was making his first start for his country since the final game of last year's tournament, proved too hot for the Italians to handle at the Principality Stadium.

Hadleigh Parkes, Cory Hill and Justin Tipuric also crossed over as a much-changed Wales side put in a dominant display.

Wales will finish second behind champions Ireland if they beat France with a bonus point next weekend.

North, who has already announced that he will be leaving Northampton at the end of the current campaign, was criticised by Saints interim director of rugby Alan Gaffney last week who suggested he didn't want to play for them in their Aviva Premiership game at Sale.

Courtney Lawes was injured in England's loss against France. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, North's Northampton teammate Courtney Lawes has been ruled out of England's clash against Ireland at Twickenham next weekend.

Lawes and fellow forward Nathan Hughes both sustained knee injuries in Saturday's 22-16 defeat to France.

The pair will have scans on Monday.