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North: Playing the All Blacks is an honour

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Saints wing George North has said that playing in New Zealand against the All Blacks is a challenge but also a "great honour".

“I guess the aura they have and the way they play is something special and to play against it is obviously a great honour and great challenge,” said North, speaking to WRU TV after arriving in New Zealand.

North’s first and only visit to New Zealand came in 2011 for the Rugby World Cup and it is a trip that he remembers fondly: “My memories of New Zealand are all good. 

“From what I remember the people are really welcoming, they love their rugby and everywhere we went we had a warm welcome and it was a good place to tour.”

North played for Wales against England on Sunday at Twickenham as his Saints team mate Dylan Hartley led England to a 27-13 victory ahead of each side's summer tours.

The first Test of Wales’ tour to New Zealand takes place at Eden Park, Auckland on 11th June, with the second Test in Wellington (18th June), before the final Test takes place in Dunedin (25th June).