GEORGE North could solve Wales' midfield conundrum in the Six Nations opener against Italy.

Lions ace Jonathan Davies is out for the season after suffering a knee injury at the World Cup, Willis Halaholo ruptured knee ligaments the week after being named in the squad for face the Barbarians in November and Owen Watkin is targeting the round two fixture in Ireland.

That leaves head coach Wayne Pivac with a dilemma about who slots in next to Hadleigh Parkes with uncapped Saracens centre Nick Tompkins an option along with North.

The 27-year-old winger has started four times at 13 for Wales – against France and Australia in 2014, the Wallabies in the 2015 World Cup and South Africa in the summer of 2018 – and played in midfield for the Ospreys against Saracens and Munster in the Champions Cup.

North is training in the position ahead of the Six Nations and given Wales' options out wide, with Leigh Halfpenny, Josh Adams, Johnny McNicholl, Owen Lane, Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonah Holmes in the mix for the Azzurri, Pivac is mulling over move the 91-times capped speedster in the middle.

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"We had a chat to Carl Hogg at the Ospreys and they were already going to put George there," said the head coach. "We were hopefully going to see that happen and it has, so it's been great for us.

"George is obviously a guy that can play on the wing, we know that, and we are having a look at him at centre in training.

"He is showing a good attitude and a good appetite to give it a crack, so that's pleasing. If it comes off, it could be very, very exciting.

"He's played there before and these couple of club games have been invaluable for us to see him there.

"In training, he is picking up the baton and running with it. He's got a smile on his face, which is good to see."