GEORGE NORTH has burst onto the scene this season, but how much do you know about the teenage Scarlets and Wales wing? Here’s a few interesting facts you should know about the latest Welsh sensation…
- North was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, but spent the first two years of his life in Hong Kong and Singapore because his father was based there with the RAF.
- He has two older sisters, Hayley and Natalie, and an older brother, Josh, who’s studying osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University.
- The family moved to Holyhead when George was two after dad David was transferred to Anglesey.
- His mum, who is originally from Anglesea, has a sign on her kitchen wall, which reads: ‘I support Wales and anyone playing England’.
- North has played most of his rugby at centre or wing, but also turned out as an openside flanker when he was younger.
- His first representative rugby came at Wales U16 level, which meant long journeys from North Wales to Cardiff. “It meant Papa North driving down once or twice a week and it can take anything from four and half to six hours, or maybe more,” he says.
- He left home at 16 to board at Llandovery College after being picked up by the Scarlets Academy and he says: “I was quite reserved but being at boarding school brought me out of my shell.”
- He now lives in Llanelli with Scarlets Academy prop Rhodri Jones, who was also at Llandovery College and played for Wales U18 with North.
- As a child his dad was his big idol because he helped a lot with his training while he also admired Stephen Jones, Shane Williams and James Hook – people he’s now playing with.
- In his spare time, he likes to go to the cinema, go out with friends to Nando’s and “just chill out”
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