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North plays down fears over his recovery

George North in action for Saints Credit: PA

George North has played down the fears over his recovery from concussion.

It comes as Wales boss Warren Gatland said he'd like North to miss the rest of the season, and not play again until the World Cup in September.

The 23-year-old wing, who has suffered four head injuries in the last five months, is focusing his efforts on getting back to health and told The Daily Telegraph of his recovery: "It's looking positive.

I am symptom-free at the moment and going through the return-to-play protocols. I am doing that over a two-week period rather than the normal one week, so that I get plenty of time to recover. I am following the advice of the physios, doing everything that they advise. It is a step-by-step thing and that is what I am doing at the moment.

– George North

North included in Lions series decider

George North Credit: PA

Northampton Saints summer signing George North has been selected for the British and Irish Lions team to face Australia in the crucial series decider at the weekend.

Norfolk's Tom Youngs is on the replacements bench.

Lions team:

L Halfpenny (Wal); T Bowe (Ire), J Davies (Wal), J Roberts (Wal), G North (Wal); J Sexton (Ire), M Phillips (Wal); A Corbisiero (Eng), R Hibbard (Wal), A Jones (Wal), A-W Jones (Wal, capt), G Parling (Eng), D Lydiate (Wal), S O'Brien (Ire), Toby Faletau (Wal).

Replacements: T Youngs (Eng), M Vunipola (Eng), D Cole (Eng), R Gray (Sco), J Tipuric (Wal), C Murray (Ire), O Farrell (Eng), Manu Tuilagi (Eng).