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Northampton Saints winger George North says that he still intends to play in every Welsh International fixture, despite his club being hit with a £60,000 fine for allowing him to feature in a Test against Australia last month.
Saints were handed the punishment yesterday by a Premiership Rugby disciplinary panel because the match fell outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window.
However, North has a clause in his contract which allows him to play in every Welsh International, and the 21-year-old is still keen to represent his country whenever possible:
"Whenever I get the chance to pull the jersey on it is a massive honour and if they say, 'George, we want you to play', then obviously I'm going to play," he told several national newspapers.
"Thank goodness the Saints are so understanding with me and allow me to pursue my international career.
"I have the utmost respect for the club and I back them 100 per cent for giving me this opportunity to pursue my Welsh career but also to play top rugby week to week.
"I came to the club because I wanted to improve myself as a player and I've enjoyed every second of it."
Northampton Saints have been fined £60,000 by a Premiership Rugby disciplinary panel for allowing star winger George North to play for Wales against Australia last month.
The fixture fell outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window, meaning that North shouldn't have been released by his club.
However, the 21-year-old has a clause in his Saints contract which permits him to feature in all Wales Test matches.
Northampton admitted the breach and will not appeal the sanction.