Wales Rugby Star George North Announces Retirement from International Rugby

Wales rugby stalwart George North has declared his retirement from international rugby following the Six Nations fixture against Italy, marking his 121st and final appearance for Wales.

At 31 years old, North, who ranks as Wales’ third most capped player in history, has decided to step away from the international stage while continuing his club career with French side Provence starting from the 2024-25 season.

The announcement adds North to a growing list of Welsh players who have recently retired, including Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Josh Navidi, Dan Biggar, and Leigh Halfpenny.

Initially intending to continue his international career despite his move to France, North engaged in discussions with Wales head coach Warren Gatland about his future, considering the possibility of participating in a fifth World Cup. However, North’s selection in recent matches fluctuated, leading to his decision to retire after the Italy fixture.

Reflecting on his decision, North expressed gratitude for his 14-year journey in the Welsh jersey, emphasizing the privilege of playing alongside exceptional teammates and cherishing every moment on the field.

North’s retirement closes a chapter on an illustrious international career, marked by numerous milestones and contributions to Welsh rugby. Notably, he stands as Wales’ second-highest try-scorer with 47 tries and has represented his country in four World Cups, achieving two Grand Slams and four Six Nations titles.

Renowned for his exceptional speed and physicality, North’s impact extended beyond Wales, making significant contributions to the British & Irish Lions’ victories, particularly during the 2013 series against Australia.

Despite facing challenges, including high-profile concussion injuries, North’s resilience and professionalism have earned him admiration from teammates, coaches, and fans alike.

As North bids farewell to international rugby, his legacy as a modern-day Welsh great and a consummate professional will endure, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

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