North wary of England potential
Wales wing George North has described Six Nations title favourites England as "the team to beat this year".
If England defeat Italy at Twickenham on Sunday week, they will head to Cardiff six days later for an appointment with reigning champions Wales knowing that victory would give them silverware and a first Grand Slam since 2003.
Wales, though, could still retain the Six Nations crown should they defeat Scotland and then England.
"England have been very clinical," North said.
"They know how to win games - when to put it up the jumper, when to play. They are the team to beat this year.
"They are leading the table with two games to go. You never know what is going to happen against Italy, who showed against France they can perform.
"But when England come to Cardiff, it will be all or nothing, I guess,"
Away from rugby, meanwhile, North has no doubt that his girlfriend - double world champion Becky James - will take everything in her stride after becoming British cycling's latest golden girl.
North was in Rome on Six Nations duty last weekend when James tore up the track in Minsk.
The 21-year-old, from Abergavenny, achieved no what no other British cyclist had done in winning four medals - two gold and two bronze - at one world championship.
And it prompted the following Tweet from Wales captain Ryan Jones to his team-mate North: "What's it like being the second-best sports person in your relationship!?"
"She has done awesomely well," North said. "I know she works so hard and focuses on herself. She went there with good confidence, and that showed.
"It's a huge achievement, the first British cyclist to get four medals in a world championship. It's just-deserved. She has worked hard for it."
North managed to watch some of James' heroics on television and via the internet in Rome, where Wales beat Italy 26-9, and he is not readily disagreeing with his captain's banter.
"At the moment, Becky is the more well-known of the two of us," he added. "She is going to be a lot in the press, and it is just-deserved.
"If you look at any sport, you bounce off each other and she's going well at the moment. Hopefully, I can do my bit, too.
"It's obviously huge for Becky, but she is a very level-headed girl. Ever since I've met her, she has never changed, and I don't think she ever will.
"I think it showed in her mental preparation for the competition that she takes everything in her stride. And from speaking to her, she's doing that now.
"She's enjoying what has come of it. It's a massive achievement, but she is taking everything in her stride."