North hopes history repeats itself

Date published: January 21 2016

George North is banking on history repeating itself as Wales try and reclaim the Six Nations when the tournament kicks off next month.

Wales have won the competition twice in the recent past after World Cups, in 2008 and 2011, and North feels they could repeat the feat after the Welsh were knocked out in the quarter-finals of 2015's showpiece event by South Africa.

North, who has 55 caps, told "History says Wales have got good results straight after a World Cup, so hopefully we can continue that.

"In our hour of need the squad came through at the World Cup. When that first line of your starters gets injured and necessity kicked in it showed. Those boys really stepped up."

The burly 23-year-old is also looking forward to getting his name on the scoresheet more often than he has done recently.

North has only scored twice for Northampton this season, in eleven matches, while he failed to find the try-line for the Welsh at the World Cup.

He said: "It's been unfortunate that I haven't had the tries I've been hoping for. This time last season I was knocking on double figures. It's one of those things.

"The way we're playing at the moment isn't really helping. Unfortunately, we haven't been as clinical or as accurate as we would have liked this season.

"I've been looking at my game and being totally harsh on myself, but I've not been playing a bad brand of rugby. I've been playing all right, putting myself in the right areas and just not being used.

"I'm there to do a job and if I can't do that it gets a bit annoying.

"For me, it's only going to make me better as a player long-term, knowing how to adapt now and make myself better, better used and more efficient for the team."