George North backs 'monster' prop Samson Lee for Wales debut
Wales wing George North believes "hard nut" teenage Scarlets prop Samson Lee is ready for Test rugby.
Lee, 19, is in the Wales squad as cover for knee-injury worry Adam Jones.
North made his Wales debut at 18 and says Lee can also step up to the mark for the autumn Tests with Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.
"I think physically, yes [he's ready for international rugby]. He's a monster, an absolute monster," said 24-cap North, 20.
"Samson is immense. I don't think anyone knows actually how good he could be and he's tearing it up at the moment.
"So he's a player that I wouldn't mess with, personally.
Samson Lee profile
November 30, 1992 in Llanelli, Wales.
180cm / 5ft 11ins
115kg / 18st 2lbs
Felinfoel, Llanelli, Scarlets
"I'm glad he's on my own team because he's a hard nut.
"But it's good for him, obviously. It'll be great experience for him to come and train in this environment and get a few caps under his belt."
If Jones overcomes the knee problem that recurred as the Ospreys lost at Leicester in the Heineken Cup at the weekend, Wales may no longer require Lee's services for their autumn series at the Millennium Stadium.
But having earned his call-up following Scarlets' Heineken Cup defeats by Clermont Auvergne and Leinster, Lee already seems destined for Test honours.
Osprey Jones and Cardiff Blue Scott Andrews were named as the squad's tight-head specialists, while loose-heads Paul James and Gethin Jenkins have also done duty in the Wales number three jersey.
But while Lee's prospects are of interest to North, he is more concerned with what lies ahead, particularly the encounter with World Cup and Championship winners New Zealand on 24 November.
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