PARIS (AFP) – George North will make his 50th international appearance in record time against France in the Six Nations on Saturday, looking to continue his purple patch against Les Bleus.
At just 22-year-old, North will become the youngest international player ever to reach the milestone — it will be his 47th cap for Wales, added to three for the British and Irish Lions.
The towering Northampton wing scored tries against France in each of the last two years and will be looking to continue that form as Wales seek a fourth straight win over Philippe Saint-Andre’s side.
North will make his comeback for Wales having sat out the 26-23 win in Scotland two weeks ago due to a pair of concussions suffered against England the week before.
“He is an exceptional player,” Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said.
“George scored the last time we were out there in 2013 and last year in Cardiff when they messed up at the back in defence. So he has a pretty good try-scoring record, and hopefully it will continue on the weekend.
“It is a phenomenal record (50 Tests).
“If you think when we gave George his first cap back in 2010 against South Africa when he was just 18, and you look back at that performance at such a young age, he showed a maturity on the wing and the number of touches he had, scoring two great tries.
“That’s the question we want to keep asking of George.”
It will be almost like a home away from home match for Wales with five of the starting line-up on Saturday playing their club rugby in France.
Leigh Halfpenny is at European champions Toulon, Jonathan Davies plays for Clermont while Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Luke Charteris all ply their trade with Racing-Metro in Paris.