George North rugby player
George North rugby player

George North

13th Apr 1992 1.93m/109kg Left Wing

George North has established himself as one of the world’s best wingers. The King's Lynn-born George moved to Wales at the age of two and marked his Test debut for Wales by scoring two tries in a narrow 29-25 defeat to then World Champions South Africa in Cardiff. These tries made him the youngest Welshman to score on his debut.

Wales senior men’s international number 1078, North burst on to the international stage in 2010 as an 18-year-old when he scored twice against South Africa on his debut at the Millennium Stadium.

On that day, 13 November, he became the youngest player in almost 117 years to score a try on his debut for Wales – he was 18 years, 214 days, beating Tom Pearson, who was aged 18 years, 238 days when he scored against England in 1891.

He is the third youngest player to play for Wales behind his former Wales U18 teammate Tom Prydie and Norman Biggs.

His two tries against Nambia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup made him the youngest try scorer at the tournament – aged 19 years and 166 days – ahead of Australian Joe Roff. He won 20 caps for Wales as a teenager and became the first teenager in world rugby to score 10 Test tries. On 28 February, 2015, he became the youngest player to reach 50 international caps when Wales played France (Wales 47 caps, Lions 3). He reached 50 caps for Wales on 29 August, 2015, in the World Cup warm-up win over Ireland in Dublin.

Although born in England, he was raised in north Wales from the age of two and went to school on Anglesey, Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern. He played junior rugby at the Llangefni, Pwllheli and Rhyl clubs and helped a North Wales U16 XV beat the Scarlets. He then won a rugby scholarship to Llandovery College, where he was converted from second row to outside centre. He played for Wales U16 and U18 and went into the Scarlets Academy. He scored twice on his Scarlets debut against Benetton Treviso in September, 2010.

He left the Scarlets after starring with the British & Irish Lions in Australia, when he scored in the first and third Tests as the Lions won the series 2-1. He made a second tour with the Lions in 2017, but failed to break into the Test team for the drawn series against New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury.

His move to Northampton Saints in 2013 saw him become an English Premiership winner at Twickenham in May, 2014, when Saints beat Saracens. He returned to Wales on a National Dual Contract with the Ospreys at the start of the 2018/19 season.

He scored Wales’ first Six Nations try hat-trick against Italy in Rome in 2015 and set Welsh records of 473 metres gained, 12 clean breaks and 26 defenders beaten in the 2016 campaign when he was the tournament’s top try scorer with four.

North helped Wales win Grand Slams in 2012 and 2019 and the Six Nations title in 2013 and 2021. His two tries in the win over France in Paris in 2019 set-up the bid for the third clean-sweep of Warren Gatland’s reign.

In 2023, North was selected for his fourth Rugby World Cup when named in the Wales squad for the tournament in France. He scored tries against Fiji and Georgia to take his RWC overall try tally to six.

TZ March 2024


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