Wales centre George North has confirmed his move to the French Pro D2, with his arrival announced in a video released by his new club Provence Rugby. North’s moves to the Aix region has been circulating amongst the rugby transfer rumour mill for weeks, with the British and Irish Lion officially confirmed today.
North will arrive at Provence ahead of the 2024/25 Pro Rugby D2 season, and has reportedly agreed a two year deal at the club. North leaves Wales after spending the past five seasons with the Ospreys, and has previously played for Northampton Saints and Scarlets across the Premiership and Pro12. North gave a short message to the Provence fans in his announcement video:
“My family and I are very excited to join Provence Rugby starting next season.”
“I’m really looking forward to meeting everyone and starting an amazing journey in Provence. See you soon in Maurice-David!”
North will re-unite with fellow Wales international Tomas Fancis at Provence, and joins the league that also hosts former Wales scrum half Rhys Webb (Biarritz). Provence are currently second in the Pro D2, and Provence Rugby President Denis Philipon is delighted to have secured the signature, of the 118-capped Welshman.
“His presence should allow us to take a very important step in our progress,” Philipon said to French outlet Midi Olympique.
“George is a great rugby player but also a great man. We hope that through his talent, his professionalism, his knowledge of the very high level and its popularity, it will contribute to positioning Provence Rugby as one of the major players in French rugby of tomorrow.”