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Wales have handed George North a Six Nations warning.
The British Lions wing has struggled to make a mark in defeats to England and Scotland and his defensive mistake allowed Tim Visser to cross for the crucial try at Murrayfield.
Rob Howley’s men face Ireland in Cardiff on Friday night with nothing but pride to play for.
But ahead of the tie at the Principality Stadium, star back North has been backed to bounce back to his best.
“I thought George had a very good game against Italy in very, very difficult circumstances,” said Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards.
“He had a nasty bang to his leg, but he toughed it out well. He wasn’t at his best against Scotland, but I think great players who have done great things for you in the past sometimes deserve a warning.
“If he is selected, then I expect George to be on his mettle.”
Edwards was left frustrated by Wales’ defence in Edinburgh as they were outflanked on two occasions.
A repeat performance against Ireland is likely to result in a third straight loss.
Edwards said: “They were individual mistakes because they (Wales players) didn’t do what they practised in the build-up to the game.
“They decided to do what they wanted and not what the rest of their team-mates expected them to do.”
Wales must beat either Ireland or France in their remaining two games or face the consequences of slipping outside the world’s top-eight ranked teams which would mean a nightmare draw for the 2019 World Cup.
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