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George North: ‘I had to get back to my best. That meant being in Wales’

The wing believes his move to the Ospreys – after five years at Northampton – will protect his health before the World Cup

There are few more stirring sights in the game than George North in full stride, head back, with the ball tucked under his outside arm as spectators rise from their seats to watch a wing as fast as he is powerful leave a scattering of defenders sprawled behind him. There were fears last season that a player who, at the age of 18, announced himself on the international stage by scoring two tries against South Africa was burning out, a victim of injuries and the relentlessly physical toll put on professional players.

North made the decision to put the length of his career before his bank balance and ended a five-year stint at Northampton to return to Wales and join Ospreys on a dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union. His appearances will be rationed and he hopes the move will add two or three years to his career.

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