George North Nationality: Welsh

Date of Birth: 13 April 1992 (23)

Height: 6ft 4in

Weight: 17st 2lbs

Team: Northampton Saints

North began rugby as a child at Llangefni RFC near Anglesey. He was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Llandovery College, which team-mate Alun Wyn Jones also attended.

Once his A-levels were finished, North launched his professional career at the Scarlets. He quickly rose to prominence and was selected to play for Wales at the age of 18 after just six games at the club.

North made a storming Test debut on the wing for Wales against South Africa in November 2010, scoring twice and setting up one more. The flair and pace he showed in the three Tests he featured in as well as his club performances were enough to secure him a place in Warren Gatland’s 2011 World Cup squad.

North made his mark in New Zealand, becoming the youngest scorer in a World Cup at 19 years and 166 days.

Considered to be the fastest Welshman, speed was a large part of his contribution to Wales’ success in the 2012 and 2013 Six Nations Championships. He started at wing in all of the games and has continued to be an integral part of Wales’ Six Nations efforts; he started in all of their 2014 and 2015 Six Nations games.

In 2013 North was selected for the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia. On his return he transferred from Scarlets to Northampton Saints.

In 2015 he became the youngest player to achieve 50 international caps.

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