NORTH Wales native George North played a starring role in the national side’s sensational fightback to get their Six Nations campaign off to a flyer.

The talented back notched a brace for Wales in their dramatic 24-19 win at their French counterparts to round off a stunning response after going in at the break 16 behind following a disastrous first period.

After Louis Picamoles and Yoann Huget went over for the dominant home side early on, the Welsh completely turns things around after the interval and got themselves ahead thanks to scores from Tomos Williams and North.

This was met by a swift response by the French, who got their noses in front yet again when Camille Lopez despatched a penalty, but North would have the final say when he intercepted an errant pass to go over the white wash for his second of the evening to seal Wales’ tenth consecutive triumph in all competitions.

Head coach Warren Gatland, said: “Our game-management was poor but we found a way to win. It's nice to get out of jail."

"The message at half-time was to just raise the tempo. For me, the big difference between the two teams is that we've become a side that's probably forgotten how to lose and can dig deep like that.

"On the other hand, they're probably a team searching for some confidence, having not had a great run in the last seven or eight matches."