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George North's Father David Was Pitch Invader During Wales' Six Nations Win Vs France

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The pitch invader who mobbed George North during Wales' RBS Six Nations victory against France was the winger's father, David.

North had just scored a try when his father jumped over the barriers to join his son on the Stade de France pitch. North Snr however was allowed to return to his seat after he explained to understanding stewards who he was.

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David North is escorted away by stewards

North Jnr said: "He (David) was in that corner in a big group of Welsh fans. He just lost his head in the excitement. To be honest, I can’t understand why running on to the pitch was the first thing that came into his head!" he added after the 16-6 win.

"My back was turned and I was jogging back to the halfway line for the kick-off. I was oblivious to it. A couple of the boys were saying, 'Is that your old man?' And everyone was like, 'No, it can’t be'."

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North scores his try

David told the Mail: "It was a freezing night and we were sat in that corner, right in front of where George caught the ball. I was just so happy and overwhelmed watching him score."

"It was such an important game for the team and I know first hand how hard they have been working to get that victory. Before I knew it, I was on the pitch.

"Thinking back, I know it was a silly thing to do but I just got caught up in the excitement of it all."

North's try contributed to Wales' first win after eight successive Test defeats as they won 16-6 in Paris.

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