North fit to face Springboks

George North will play against South Africa

George North will play against South Africa

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George North has overcome a virus to be named in Wales' starting line-up for their first Test against South Africa on Saturday.

Head coach Warren Gatland has picked an experienced side for the game in Durban with Scarlets scrum-half Gareth Davies and Ospreys' Matthew Morgan the only uncapped players in the squad.

Wales claimed a 34-12 victory over Eastern Province Kings in a warm-up match on Tuesday and Gatland is looking forward to a tough examination against the Springboks.

"A Test series in South Africa is always a tough challenge, but we are excited by it and looking forward to getting out there on Saturday," Gatland told the Welsh Rugby Union's official website.

"A lot of this side have experienced playing over here before in big games and this week is no different, it's going to be a brilliant occasion, the atmosphere will be electric and hopefully it will be a great Test match.

"As coaches we have been impressed in training over the last couple of weeks and there were a couple of tough calls to make but it's great guys like Gareth and Matthew have a chance after putting their hands up."

Wales team to face South Africa: L Williams, A Cuthbert, J Davies, J Roberts, G North, D Biggar, M Phillips; G Jenkins, K Owens, A Jones, L Charteris, AW Jones, D Lydiate, A Shingler, T Faletau.

Replacements: M Rees, P James, S Lee, I Evans, J Turnbull, G Davies, J Hook, M Morgan.

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