North to sit out European match

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Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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Wales wing George North will not play for Northampton in Saturday’s European Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne after his latest head injury.

North has been knocked unconscious three times in recent months, including in last Friday’s 52-30 win over Wasps.

Saints coach Jim Mallinder said: “We won’t play him at the weekend. Clearly he had a nasty knock.

“He’s making good progress. The day after he was up and about.

“He’s improving and down there at the moment going to see a neurologist and we’ll wait to see what the experts say.”

Former World Rugby medical adviser Dr Barry O’Driscoll says North – the top try-scorer in the competition with seven this season – should not play again this season.

Mallinder added: “There’s been lots of opinion. We’ve got to be careful that we don’t blow anything out of proportion.

“It’s a tough game, (but) player welfare will always come first.”

Published: Wednesday 1st April 2015 by The News Editor

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