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SportSix Nations 2024: Wales centre North to quit international rugby

Six Nations 2024: Wales centre North to quit international rugby

Wales centre George North will retire from international rugby following Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Italy in Cardiff.

The 31-year-old is set to make his 121st appearance for Wales at the weekend and will step away as his country’s third most capped player behind Alun Wyn Jones and Gethin Jenkins.

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He wrote on X: “I have decided that the game on Saturday will bring my international career to an end.

“After 14 years it feels like now is the right time to step away. I have loved and cherished every second in a Welsh shirt and been able to play alongside some fantastic team-mates.

“I am very lucky to have lived my dream. I’m excited for the next chapter. Thank you for all the support over the years.”

North was dropped for Wales’ defeat to France last weekend but returns to the squad to face the Azzurri.

And although he is quitting Wales duty, he will continue his club career in France for Provence next season.

Wales coach Warren Gatland said: “George has contributed hugely to Welsh rugby, in an incredible career starting as an 18-year-old.

“The way that he burst onto the scene. I can remember seeing him play and thinking we need to cap this kid.

“He’s been incredible as a rugby player, but I think the most important thing is how he’s contributed to the squad as a person over the years. How positive and encouraging he’s been within and around the group, things that people wouldn’t have seen in terms of what he’s organised off the field.

“George has been outstanding and a credit to himself. He can definitely hold his head high. He and his family and friends can be very proud of everything he has achieved.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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