North relishing Habana clash

British & Irish Lions star George North is relishing the chance to lock horns with Bryan Habana when Wales square off against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium. [more]

North relishing Habana clash

British & Irish Lions star George North is relishing the chance to lock horns with Bryan Habana when Wales square off against South Africa at the Millennium Stadium.

North, 21, made his debut for Wales against the Springboks – aged 18 years and 214 days – in 2010, scoring two tries in a narrow 29-25 defeat.

Now North prepares for his first taste of Test rugby since helping the Lions to a series victory over Australia this summer as Wales look to defeat South Africa for the first time since 1999.

He has a formidable strike record, having dotted down 14 times in 34 internationals but Habana’s is even better, crossing 53 times in his 92 appearances – and North is eager for another showdown with the Springbok flyer.

North said: “He is a man always on form, isn't he?

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“He is someone I grew up watching and I have been lucky enough to play against him a few times now.

“Hopefully, it will be another good challenge.

“Obviously, [my debut] was a good day in personal terms, but again we were so close to winning that one. Hopefully, we can push on again.

“I am a bit more experienced and a little older and a little wiser.

“I have learned my trade a bit more. I know what is coming and what is going on now.

“That was a new experience for me, but I am looking forward to the challenge because South Africa is a massive game for us.” 

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