February 11, 2017 / 4:10 PM / 7 months ago

Cuthbert replaces injured North for Wales

Rugby Union - Italy v Wales - Six Nations Championship - Stadio Olimpico, Rome - 5/2/17 Wales' George North celebrates with team mates after scoring a try Reuters / Alessandro Bianchi Livepic

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Wales suffered a blow ahead of their Six Nations game with England on Saturday when winger George North failed a late fitness test and will be replaced by Alex Cuthbert on the right wing.

North suffered a dead leg in last week’s win over Italy but though he played on, heavily strapped, and scored a 70-metre try in the closing minutes, he was ruled out an hour before kickoff in Cardiff (16.50GMT).

The loss of one of their most potent weapons is a major setback for Wales, not least as Cuthbert has been struggling for form and looks a shadow of the player who scored two tries in the memorable 30-3 victory over England four years ago, having crossed the line once in his last 16 tests.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Neil Robinson

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