'Hate is a strong word' - North
March 8, 2014
George North has been in good form in this year's Six Nations © Getty Images
George North has distanced himself and the Wales team from recent claims they "hate" the English ahead of Sunday's Six Nations trip to Twickenham.
Jack Nowell added further spice to the encounter on Wednesday with his comments, as England seek revenge for last season's humiliating 30-3 defeat in Cardiff which cost them both the Grand Slam and Six Nations title. But while North did not play down the intensity of the rivalry between the two sides, he insists Nowell's comments were wide of the mark.
"Hate is a strong word," North told Sky Sports News. "I don't really hate anyone, I'm quite a loving person really but obviously there is the rivalry that comes with England and Wales. In recent years people have thrown the hate word around but for us it's a big game, there's a great rivalry but it's a challenge all the boys are looking forward to on Sunday."
North rubbed shoulders with several of England's players during the British & Irish Lions tour last summer but insists there is no room for nostalgia when the game kicks off on Sunday.
"It's like anything really, when you come and play for Wales from the regions, it's always funny playing against your team-mates and people you know very well," he added.
"I don't think it will be any different at the weekend. Obviously we played with a lot of the boys on tour but at the end of the day we've got a job to do. I'm sure when it's all done we'll shake hands and have a good catch up as well."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
British bantamweight Paul Butler overcame Ismael Garnica with a 10-round decision at Liverpool's Echo Arena
Stephen Bunting stunned four-time winner Phil Taylor in one of the matches of the year to book his place in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Germany
The Scarlets claimed a first win of their European Champions Cup Pool Three campaign with a gutsy triumph over Leicester Tigers in an error-strewn Anglo-Welsh clash at Parc y Scarlets
Luke Campbell sealed the biggest win of his professional career by stopping Daniel Brizuela in five rounds
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Mario Balotelli had "worked very well and very hard" after watching his side held to a 0-0 draw by Hull at Anfield