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…

  1. 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.
  2. He has two older sisters, Hayley and Natalie, and an older brother, Josh, who’s studying osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University.

    At a stretch: North is 6ft 4in and 16st 7lb

  3. The family moved to Holyhead when George was two after dad David was transferred to Anglesey.
  4. His mum, who is originally from Anglesea, has a sign on her kitchen wall, which reads: ‘I support Wales and anyone playing England’.
  5. North has played most of his rugby at centre or wing, but also turned out as an openside flanker when he was younger.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.”
  8. He now lives in Llanelli with Scarlets Academy prop Rhodri Jones, who was also at Llandovery College and played for Wales U18 with North.
  9. 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.
  10. In his spare time, he likes to go to the cinema, go out with friends to Nando’s and “just chill out”