'Just give George the ball and see what he can do': Justin Tipuric hails 'absolute freak' George North ahead of his 100th Wales cap
Justin Tipuric has described George North as “an absolute freak” as he closes in on making Test rugby history.
Even if North is not cleared to feature against the Scots this weekend, a clash at home against England on February 27 would give him the chance to bring up the landmark.
“He is an absolute freak, let’s be honest,” Wales flanker Tipuric said.
“With us this season at the Ospreys it is a bit like when you are a kid – just give George the ball and see what he can do. That is how much of a freak he is.
“It’s great when you have one player out wide who can do anything in a matter of moments. He is that x-factor player teams need to win games and trophies.
“I think the main thing is he has got a smile on his face and he is enjoying his rugby.
“Whenever I have played with him he has always given 100 per cent, and that is all you can ask for with any player, let alone one of the quality of George.”
Whether or not North features at Murrayfield, Wales know they have got a considerable task on their hands this weekend.
Their recent record against Scotland is impressive, with 16 wins from the last 19 meetings, but they will face a team fresh from inflicting Calcutta Cup misery on England at Twickenham.
“They are absolute quality back-rowers,” he added.
“They play so well together whenever we play against them, for Edinburgh or Scotland.
“They work hard and work hand in hand. When they are both on the field at the same time we know how tough a game it is.
“You know every breakdown, every tackle and every carry is going to be a tough one.
“Obviously, they (Scotland) are favourites for the game and aiming to win the Six Nations. They are playing at home and will want to continue (their form).
“We know it is going to be a tough game, so we need to go up there and make sure we perform to the best of our ability.”
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac will name his team on Thursday, and he must make at least four changes from the Ireland game as wing Hallam Amos, centre Johnny Williams, scrum-half Tomos Williams and flanker Dan Lydiate are all out injured.
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