RUGBY: Anglesey star's test debut


Alex Ballard

WALES’ new rugby sensation George North marked a stunning test debut with two tries at the weekend.

The 18 year old, who was raised on Anglesey, marked his debut against world champions South Africa North by scoring a try in the opening five minutes, before adding another late in the game.

Dubbed the Welsh Jonah Lomu, Scarlets wing North stands at 6ft 4in and weighs in at 16 stone 7lbs, and had to use all of his pace and power to mark Springboks speed machine Bryan Habana, just six months on from playing schoolboy rugby.

Ultimately Wales lost the contest 25-29 but already North has been attracting the accolades for his performance.

He said: “The sense of excitement on the morning of the match was brilliant and then it really hit me that I was playing.

“It was everything I expected it to be as an experience and I’m looking forward to more of it.”

George added: “I’m over the moon with the debut, but very disappointed with the defeat.

“The whole experience was much more than I had expected. The atmosphere was fantastic and I loved every minute.”

North’s debut was all the more impressive given that he was up against superstar Springboks winger Bryan Habana, whose shirt he went home with as a souvenir.

“Bryan Habana has been an idol of mine for some time and it was great to have a chat to him after the game,” he said.

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