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No panic for Wales after England defeat insists George North

George North scores his Wales' second try against England. Credit: PA Images

George North says there is no panic in the Wales camp following their World Cup warm-up defeat against England.

Wales' 33-19 reversal at Twickenham meant a first loss for Warren Gatland's men since February last year, ending a run of 14 wins.

It also dashed their hopes of replacing New Zealand at number one in the World Rugby rankings.

And there was a major setback for them yesterday , when fly-half Gareth Anscombe was ruled out of World Cup contention because of a knee injury.

Despite the Six Nations champions matching England 3-3 on tries, with wing North among the scorers, George Ford's goalkicking proved a key difference.

Wales have an immediate opportunity to avenge that result when they host England on Saturday, and North knows it is all about a bigger picture.

But we are not panicking. It is what it is. We have to address that and we have a week to get it right for the next Test and we go again.

You never like losing games, but it has put us in a good place to mentally focus and work out where we need to go. This is what these games are for.

This is what the opportunity is to allow us to play these big games, turn that around and play the weekend after to simulate what is coming up.

We are still fighting for positions in the squad and every second counts in these weeks and games. This is the pointed end of the stick now, when the games come thick and fast.

– George North, Wales wing