‘Heartbroken’ George North ruled out of Lions tour with ACL injury

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George North described himself as "heartbroken" as he confirmed he had been ruled out of this summer's Lions tour of South Africa with a knee injury.

The Wales star ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament while playing for Ospreys on Saturday.

After a strong title-winning Six Nations campaign with Wales, North was expected to be selected for the tour of South Africa this summer.

"Sport can be cruel," tweeted the 29-year-old, who has twice toured as a Lions player. "We all know the risks when we take the field. Unfortunately,

“I ruptured my ACL and will need surgery next week. Heartbroken is an understatement."

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Ospreys confirmed North was out for the season. "The Wales wing saw a specialist earlier this week and will undergo surgery next week," they said in a statement.

North joins England lock Joe Launchbury, who was yesterday ruled out with an ACL injury, in missing the tour. Gatland names his squad a week tomorrow.

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