Six Nations: George North and Samson Lee fit to face France

George North
George North completed Wales' match against England after taking two blows to the head.

George North and Samson Lee have been declared fit for Wales' Six Nations' match with France on 28 February.

Both players missed the 26-23 win over Scotland after taking blows to the head in the defeat by England.

Tight-head Lee was concussed, while North was rested after the incidents at the Millennium Stadium.

However, Wales attack coach Rob Howley confirmed the wing will not be returning to Northampton for their Aviva Premiership match with Bath.

"Both Samson Lee and George North are fully recovered. It's nice to have them back fully fit," said Howley.

"George stays within our squad.

"I think Jim Mallinder [Northampton coach] mentioned there may be an opportunity for him to play, but we feel we need to keep him with us.

"For North to have played for Northampton, Wales would have had to release him."

Scrum-half Mike Phillips and lock Luke Charteris have been named in the Racing Metro squad for Saturday's game with Clermont who could include centre Jonathan Davies.

Davies' midfield partner against the Scots - Jamie Roberts and full-back Leigh Halfpenny will not be involved for Racing and Toulon respectively this weekend.

Howley says the aerial battle for the ball will be key in Paris.

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The tackle which saw Russell cited

"I think our effectiveness in the air...it gives you another source of possession," said Howley.

Scotland fly-half Finn Russell was given a yellow card for a tackle on opposite number Dan Biggar who was competing for the ball in the air during Wales' win at Murrayfield.

He was cited after the game and has now been banned for two weeks by the Six Nations disciplinary committee.

Scottish Rugby said on Thursday it will appeal against the decision but Howley agrees with the ruling.

"If you look at the rule book it's an automatic red card," he said.

"I'm not blaming the referee you get it right or wrong, that's what happens and you get on the game."

Howley also said he would like to meet former Wales and British Lions wing Gerald Davies who told the South Wales Evening Post that the Welsh attack needs to improve to create overlaps for their wide players.

"I spent a lot of time with Gerald on the Lions in 2009 and 2013 and I think he's a very highly respected past player who played for Wales and obviously understands the game," said Howley.

"I'd like Gerald to come in and we can have a chat and have a discussion. I'm sure we can sit down with Gerald."

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