George North exploded on to the International rugby scene as an implausibly large and powerful 18 year old, scoring 2 tries for Wales in their defeat to South Africa and becoming the youngest Welsh try scorer ever and 3rd youngest capped player.
Here he is showing early promise and shifting through the gears to 40m as a 17 year old.
At 6ft 4in and over 17 stone he mixes pace and power like no one else in the Northern hemisphere and comparisons with New Zealand great Jonah Lomu aren’t far of the mark. He was at his most devastating on the winning Lions test series in Australia in 2013, taking all 16 stones of Israel Falou for a run in a fire mans lift as the tackler became the tackled.
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 slightly over exuberant and he later apologised, saying he felt ‘horrendous’ after making a triumphant gesture towards Will Genia. He finished the 3 match series with 2 tries and many more rugby fans worldwide.
Still only 23 he is the youngest player to amass 50 caps and currently has 25 tries from 57 Wales and British Lions caps.
Without an official 100m time GenuinePace estimates that North could hit the 11 second mark on the track – we eagerly await the day he goes against the clock. Until then his opposing players will feel the full force… starting with South Africa tomorrow in the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final – North will line up against JP Pietersen but the scoring contest with SA’s other wing Bryan Habana will be a key match up to look out for.
Brute force + genuinepace = terrifying