Justin Tipuric and George North racing time

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  • George North
    Welsh rugby union player
  • Justin Tipuric
    Welsh rugby union player
  • Alun Wyn Jones
    Welsh rugby union footballer
  • Wayne Pivac
    New Zealand rugby union player and coach

Justin Tipuric and George North, two of Wales’ key players, are both unlikely to recover from long-term injuries in time for the Six Nations, according to Ospreys coach Toby Booth.

Neither player has played this season, with North tearing an ACL in April and Tipuric injuring his shoulder in the British & Irish Lions warm-up game in June.

Loss of experience

The absence of Tipuric from the back-row will be especially felt by Wayne Pivac, who is also missing Josh Navidi and possibly Taulupe Faletau, although there was a more positive prognosis on the latter. But with Alun Wyn Jones also out and Ken Owens struggling, the pack could be short of experience.

Asked if Tipuric will be available for the start of the Six Nations, Booth told the BBC: “From what I can see, no, I don’t think he will be.”

“It’s just slow. A part of those scenarios are around range and motion, pain management and response to treatment. We are governed by how his body reacts.

“He has a consultancy appointment coming up, so that will give us some sort of idea of the timeframe, because of the need to have scans, bits and pieces, the healing that’s taken place and so on.

“That’s normally the key indicator of what the timeline is. We get those at the end of this week or start of next week, we’ll probably have a better definite timeframe after that.”

Booth was a little more upbeat about North, who seems closer to a return but needs to build up the power in the injured muscles.

“I’ve seen George around the place doing a lot of training with the injured group and bits and pieces,” he said.

“The first step for him is he’s allowed to start doing warm-ups, for example, in main rugby sessions, which is great for players psychologically because you know you are getting close.

“I saw him earlier today and he seemed in quite a good mood. We’ll have our usual medical update, but he’s making progress.”

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