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North set to move to midfield

George North could solve Wales' midfield problem in Friday's crunch Six Nations clash with France.

The Lions wing looks set to be moved inside to replace Scott Williams who will miss the Millennium Stadium match because of a shoulder injury.

Jonathan Davies (pectoral muscle) and Ashley Beck (hip) have also been ruled out of the game so the giant figure of North could be moved inside to partner Jamie Roberts.

North moved there when Williams was hurt midway through the first half in their defeat to Ireland in Dublin and he is favourite to partner Roberts, a switch which would likely see Liam Williams play on the wing.

James Hook is an alternative but coach Robin McBryde admits Wales' options are "a bit thin."

"Someone has got to run there (centre), and those decisions will be made later in the week," he said.

"Jon Davies is not going to be available for the match against France. There is a possibility he will play for the Scarlets next week to give him some game-time.

"With regards to Ashley Beck, Ashley trained with us last week and played for the Ospreys yesterday (Sunday).

"Having said that, he feels he is not quite ready for the step up to international intensity. He wouldn't be doing himself any justice, so in conjunction with the Ospreys, we are working closely with Ashley with regards to that.

"I think he has been pretty honest with himself, and said that he wouldn't do himself justice."