Wales wing George North believes “no man is safe” in the squad following the omission of Adam Jones, Ian Evans and James Hook.
Wales wing George North believes “no man is safe” in the squad following the omission of prop Adam Jones, lock Ian Evans and utility back James Hook.
The trio were left out by Warren Gatland in his November selection ahead of fixtures against Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa.
And North, whose Saints side face Ospreys on Saturday, admits the absence of the British and Irish Lions shows that Gatland is picking on form.
“I think it shows where Gats [Gatland] is right now. I think he’s trying to pick on form, I guess,” the wing explained to the BBC’s Sport Wales programme.
“He’s got to try and bring in a few new players.
“Obviously looking at the  World Cup, he’s trying to build an ethos that you have to fight for your jersey.
“No man is safe anymore.
“I think you’ve got to prove that the jersey you’re putting on is one you’ve earned and not one that’s just given to you.”