Northampton confirm interest in Scarlets' Wales winger George North

Last Updated: 28/03/13 9:42pm

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George North: Breaks for Wales against Scotland in the Six Nations

George North: Breaks for Wales against Scotland in the Six Nations

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Northampton have confirmed their interest in Wales star George North.

The 20-year-old wing, who has won 31 caps for his country, has another year of his existing contract to run at the Llanelli-based Scarlets.

North's agent, Christian Abt, revealed earlier this month that the Aviva Premiership club were in talks for the player, but Saints chairman Leon Barwell has now confirmed an offer has been made for his services.

"It's a big decision for George and we don't want to put undue pressure on him," Barwell told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo.

"He's got to make sure that when he makes the decision it's the right one for him as an individual on the basis he really wants to come to Northampton.

Time and space

"We are giving him some time and space to do that."

North, who was born in England but moved to north Wales at the age of two, is among European rugby's hottest properties.

He made his Test debut as an 18-year-old against South Africa in 2010, scoring two tries, and was an integral part of Wales' 2011 World Cup campaign, helping them reach the semi-finals.

North's career also includes two RBS 6 Nations title successes with Wales and a Grand Slam.

The Welsh game is battling to keep its big names playing in the Principality, with Jamie Roberts and Dan Lydiate set to join a string of players already in France by heading to Paris-based Racing Metro.

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