|Date of birth||13 April 1992|
|Place of birth||King's Lynn, England|
|Height||1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||109 kg (17 st 2 lb)|
Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern
|Rugby union career|
|Professional / senior clubs|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
British and Irish Lions
|correct as of 1 Dec 2013.|
George Philip North (born 13 April 1992 in King's Lynn) is a Welsh international rugby union player currently playing for the Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership, in the position of winger. It was confirmed on 9 April 2013 that he would move to Northampton Saints on a three-year contract from Welsh Pro 12, side Scarlets .
North was born in 1992 in King's Lynn, his mother is Welsh and from Anglesey, Wales, his father is from Yorkshire, and was a Police Sergeant, in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. His family moved to Hong Kong, on Royal Airforce duty, when he was 14 weeks old. The family returned to Anglesey on 13 January 1995 when he was aged two and he is a fluent Welsh language speaker. Educated at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern on Anglesey and later at Llandovery College in West Wales, he played as a junior for Llangefni, Pwllheli, Rhyl and Gogledd Cymru under-16s.
Up to the point of his international call-up, North had played six matches for the Scarlets first team, a record restricted by an injury.
After an impressive start to the 2010 season, in October 2010, he was selected to the 33 man squad for the Autumn international series. On 11 November 2010 North was named in the Wales team to face South Africa on 13 November, making him the joint third youngest player to represent Wales behind Tom Prydie and Norman Biggs and equal to Evan Williams.
North made an impressive start to his international career on Saturday 13 November 2010 in a match against the reigning World Champions, by scoring two tries for Wales as they lost to South Africa 29–25 in the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales. He set a number of Welsh and international records in the match:
- North, aged Tom Pearson, who was aged 18 years, 238 days when he scored against England in 1891. 18 years, 214 days, became the youngest player ever to score a try in his debut for Wales. The previous record holder was
- He also became the youngest player to have scored two tries in his debut, with the opposition being a major rugby nation. (The only younger player to have scored two or more tries in his debut was Gustavo Jorge of Argentina, who was not yet 18 when he scored six tries in his debut in 1989—but the Pumas' opponent was Brazil, who have never qualified for the World Cup.)
- He also became the youngest player ever to have scored two tries against a major rugby nation, whether on his debut or not. The previous record holder was James O'Connor of Australia, who was aged 18 years, 343 days when he scored a hat-trick against Italy in 2009. (Taylor Paris of Canada turned 18 in October 2010 and scored two tries in his second appearance against Spain on the same day as North's debut, but Spain is also not considered a major rugby nation, although they have qualified for one World Cup.)
- North is the first player of any age to have scored two tries while making his debut against South Africa. Over 500 players have made their international debut against the Springboks, and 34 of them had scored tries on their debut before North, but none had scored two tries.
In September 2011 North scored two tries against Namibia, making him the youngest ever try scorer at a Rugby World Cup competition aged 19 years and 166 days and beating the record set by Australian Joe Roff.
In February 2012, aged 19, he broke yet another international record when his try in the opening Six Nations win against Ireland made him the youngest player in rugby history to score 10 international tries. He became the first teenager to attain 20 caps for Wales on 10 March 2012 versus Italy.
He was named as part of the Lions squad for the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
On 22 June 2013 in Brisbane, North scored the first Lions try vs Australia; a fantastic run from inside his own 10m line beating 4 players. However, North's celebration was overly exuberant and he later apologised, saying he felt 'horrendous' after making a triumphant gesture towards Will Genia. The Lions went on to win the First Test 23-21.
On 29 June 2013, North notably carried out a 'fireman's lift' manoeuvre on Australia's Israel Folau whilst running with the ball in the Second Test between the Lions and Australia in Melbourne, injuring himself in the process as the Lions went down to a 16-15 defeat.
On 6 July 2013 in Sydney, North scored his fourteenth international Test try and his second Lions Test try as the Lions sealed a 2-1 series win over Australia with an emphatic 41-16 victory.
On 9 April 2013 it was confirmed that North would sign for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership for a reported fee of over £200,000. This announcement followed the Welsh Rugby Union claiming that Scarlets had attempted selling North to French clubs, which they had denied.
North became ambassador for Welsh Children's Cancer Charity LATCH Wales in January 2012.
- "BBC Sport - George North: Northampton sign Scarlets and Wales wing". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
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- "BBC - Early Wales cap for Scarlets winger George North". BBC News. 2010-11-12. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- Rob Griffiths (September 16, 2010). "North Walian youngster George North shining for Scarlets". Daily Post. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Davies, Sean (2010-11-13). "George North makes Wales debut". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- "Boks hold on for victory". Planet Rugby. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
- Richards, Huw (2010-11-19). "A record-breaking debut". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
- "Lions 2013: George North's wonder-try was one of the best ever scored, says Sir Ian McGeechan". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
- "Lions 2013: George North feels 'horrendous' for try-scoring gesture". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2013.