George North says Wales not panicking after England defeat

George North insists Wales are not panicking in the aftermath of their 33-19 loss to England at Twickenham on Sunday.

Warren Gatland’s side’s opening World Cup warm-up match saw Wales suffer their first defeat in 18 months and brought an end to their 14-Test winning run.

England’s win also dashed Wales’ hopes of succeeding New Zealand as the No 1-ranked side in the world, but North is not flustered.

He said: “We were a bit rusty and I reckon we left four tries out there. But we are not panicking. It is what it is. We have to address that and we have a week to get it right for the next Test and we go again.

“You never like losing games, but it has put us in a good place to mentally focus and work out where we need to go.

“This is what these games are for. This is what the opportunity is to allow us to play these big games, turn that around and play the weekend after to simulate what is coming up.

“We are still fighting for positions in the squad and every second counts in these weeks and games. This is the pointed end of the stick now, when the games come thick and fast.”

Wales will have the chance to avenge their defeat when they host England on Saturday, and North will be hoping to add to his 37 Wales tries.

“You always want more,” he said. “In the first half we got caught slowly as a squad. In the second half we defended a lot better and got a bit more shape.

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