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George North’s future father-in-law reveals the text he sent at half-time of France win

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Wales began their campaign in the Six Nations championship with a sensational victory over France on Friday.

Remarkably the visitors to Paris recovered from a 16-point deficit at half-time to seal an unlikely 24-19 win.

A combined team effort in the second half from Wales helped in registering the victory, kickstarting the tournament on a real high.

Winger George North, in particular, played a key part in the comeback, although it has since emerged some credit must also go to his future father-in-law as well.

North was an underwhelming influence in the first half of the rain-affected opener and head coach Warren Gatland emphasised that lapses in defence helped Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget go over the try line.

However, North capitalised on a couple of mistakes after the interval to turn the match in Wales’ favour.

His second-half showing may have somewhat been inspired by a text he received from his father-in-law-to-be Dai James, who casually hinted at the subtle warning he sent the winger.

“Not that long ago I was thinking I might have to cancel giving my daughter away on June 8th... my text at half-time must have made all the difference.”

Welsh Cycling were among those to respond, effectively summing up how most Welsh fans probably felt.

“Collectively, as a nation, we thank you for sending that text,” they posted.

The 26-year-old Wales international is set to tie the knot Olympics cyclist Becky James on June 8.

James is a double silver medallist in the Rio Olympics, twice world track champion and won silver and bronze medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

She called time on her racing career in August 2017. Becky, currently, has a baking business and the couple launched Three Degrees North Coffee Co.

The long-term partners have a home in the Vale of Glamorgan and got engaged in December 2017.

The triumph in the opening match has certainly laid the foundation for a great series ahead for Wales, who travel to Italy next Saturday in their second outing of the competition.

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Wales Rugby
Rugby Union
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