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Wales winger George North named in team of the decade at World Rugby Awards

07 Dec 2020 2 minute read
George North. Picture by Liamwarrender (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Wales winger George North has been named in the team of the decade at the prestigious World rugby Awards.

North, who has 98 caps and has scored 41 tries for his country, made the team alongside the likes legendary New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter, and South African winger Bryan Habana.

The Ospreys player, who was raised on Anglesey, is the second-highest all-time try scorer for Wales behind Shane Williams.

North exploded onto the international scene as an 18-year-old a decade ago, scoring a brace of tries against South Africa in Cardiff.

His consistent strike rate and all-round powerful play has seen him play a key role in Grand Slams, Six Nations titles and the successful Lions tour in 2013.

Six nations are represented in the World Rugby Men’s 15s Team of the Decade in association with Mastercard.

It was selected by the star-studded panel with seven players from New Zealand, three from South Africa, two from Ireland and one each from Australia, Italy and Wales. The Team of the Decade boasts a total of 1,637 test caps between them.

  1. Tendai Mtawarira (RSA)
  2. Bismarck du Plessis (RSA)
  3. Owen Franks (NZL)
  4. Brodie Retallick (NZL)
  5. Sam Whitelock (NZL)
  6. David Pocock (AUS)
  7. Richie McCaw (NZL)
  8. Sergio Parisse (ITA)
  9. Conor Murray (IRE)
  10. Dan Carter (NZL)
  11. Bryan Habana (RSA)
  12. Ma’a Nonu (NZL)
  13. Brian O’Driscoll (IRE)
  14. George North (WAL)
  15. Ben Smith (NZL)

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