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George North and Ben Te’o set to miss autumn internationals with injuries

• Wales winger and England midfielder the latest injury casualties
• Ben Te’o awaiting verdict on whether he needs operation on ankle problem

The British & Irish Lions team-mates George North and Ben Te’o are both set to miss this autumn’s Test matches after falling victim to top-level rugby’s rising attrition rate. North will be out for six to eight weeks after damaging the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while Te’o will be sidelined for at least a month with an ankle problem.

North was injured during Northampton’s heavy European defeat by Saracens on Sunday, having had his summer Lions expedition ended prematurely by a torn hamstring. The 25-year-old Welsh winger will not be fit to resume playing before December but will be relieved to have escaped a potentially season-ending injury.

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