2017 Lions player retrospective: George North


George North

George North was selected for his second British & Irish Lions Tour after producing one of the most iconic tries in Lions history during the first Test against Australia in 2013.

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But the Welsh winger’s Tour of New Zealand was unfortunately curtailed by a hamstring tear against the Hurricanes after he made three starts for Warren Gatland’s side.

North still made an impact on the Tour, producing more turnovers than anyone else in the Lions 12-3 victory over the Chiefs.

The 25-year-old also made 32 metres in his 63 minutes against Maori All Blacks before being substituted for Elliot Daly.

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However the Welshman’s highlight of the Tour was his 35th-minute try against the Hurricanes, as he went over unopposed after being fed by Iain Henderson.

Huge honour to put the lions jersey on again! Great result to push us on. 👊🏼

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North played the full match at the Westpac Stadium, making the most metres of any Lion in the thrilling 31-31 draw.

While in New Zealand, North described playing for the Lions as “the pinnacle of anyone’s career” as competition for places intensified.

Away from the pitch, North joined up with teammates Liam Williams and Jack McGrath on a visit to Rangitoto College as players spent time in the local community.

During his second Tour, North played 223 minutes, making 143 metres and beating seven defenders in his three games.

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