Schoolboy betters George North lift on Israel Folau in BRUTAL 20-metre tackle

Jared Wright
George North's tackle on Israel Folau and viral video of a schoolboy tackle.

George North's tackle on Israel Folau and viral video of a schoolboy tackle.

A South African schoolboy has replicated George North’s iconic lift on Israel Folau in epic fashion, driving his opposition back over 20 metres.

The brutal tackle occurred during the Welkom Gimnasium and Goudveld High derby in South Africa with the clip quickly going viral on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.

George North lives!

The scrum-half found himself in a precarious position, receiving the ball on the opposition’s 10-metre line.

However, his progress was abruptly halted by a bone-crushing tackle that lifted him off his feet and carried him all the way back into his own half.

In a cry for help, he threw a clear forward pass to his teammate, who spilt the ball, but he was still carried a few metres backwards before being thrown to the ground.

The tackle was quickly likened to North’s brilliance when he drove the ex-Wallabies star Folau backwards in 2013 in a memorable tackle, with YouTuber Riaan Louw quipping, ‘George North lives.’

“This would be my last game ever in rugby,” one onlooker reacted.

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‘Throwing in the towel’

The number nine’s decision to throw a forward was hotly debated.

“The forward pass was him throwing in the towel,” another reply added.

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Another joked: “He was beginning for mercy at the point he chose the forward pass. I don’t have the ball anymore.”

“Hand in that retirement notice young man,” one reply added.

The thumping tackle from the Welkom Gimnasium forward was not the only area of the game that the hosts dominated as they ran out 48-9 victors over their rivals, extending their winning streak over 10 years.

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