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North pledges to keep working


George North

George North

George North

Wales wing wonder George North insists he is not taking a World Cup spot for granted despite a breakthrough season at regional and international level.

Few outside of the Scarlets had heard of the 6ft 4in, 16st 7lbs three-quarter before the start of the season, but that quickly changed as he showcased his finishing ability by running in four tries in his first six appearances. International recognition followed and the teenager scored two tries on debut against South Africa.

He said: "I have had to pinch myself a few times this season. If someone had told me 12 months ago that I would be in a position to go to the World Cup I would have just laughed at them. Scoring two tries on my debut was unbelievable and it's an honour to be involved with the national side but I know that I have to keep working hard on my game."

He added: "There is more to come from me and I have been doing a lot of work with (former Wales wing) Mark Jones at the Scarlets, looking at areas of my game that I can improve on in attack, in defence and under the high ball."

A frustrating shoulder injury has stymied the 19-year-old's progress a little but he is set to win his fifth cap when Wales' final World Cup preparations get under way in earnest against the Barbarians on Saturday.

"It was a very frustrating time," he acknowledged. "When I got my chance I wanted to stay there, but it proved to be a big learning curve for me, and it was one that I needed.

"My body was not ready for that volume of rugby, but I feel I am now coping well with it."

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