- Gloucester 12-13 Northampton Saints
George North made a successful return to rugby yesterday as he helped his Northampton Saints side beat Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership.
The Welsh international showed no ill effects from the head injury that had seen him sidelined since early December and came through the match unscathed.
A dramatic late penalty try won the game for the Saints, who were trailing 12-6 with just seven minutes to go.
The victory lifted Jim Mallinder's men up to sixth in the Premiership ahead of their game against bottom-of-the-table Bristol next Saturday (January 7).
Northampton Saints have decided against selecting George North for their Premiership clash against Sale tomorrow night.
It was thought the 24-year-old would be involved at Franklin's Gardens but he hasn't made the 23-man squad.
Northampton were told yesterday they won't face any sanctions following an investigation into the Welsh international's recent head injury against Leicester.
George North has both trained with the squad and undergone a specialist review this week.
All parties have agreed that North continue with a full training schedule with the rest of the club’s players to ensure he is fully prepared for first team action.
- Northampton Saints team to face Sale Sharks
Ben Foden, Ken Pisi, Luther Burrell, JJ Hanrahan, Juan Pablo Estelles Stephen Myler, Nic Groom, Alex Waller, Mikey Haywood, Kieran Brookes, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Tom Wood (capt), Teimana Harrison, Louis Picamoles
George North could be in line to make his Northampton Saints comeback as early as Friday night.
The Welsh international fell awkwardly on his head following a tackle by Leicester's Adam Thompstone earlier this month.
Providing a specialist gives him the all clear, he's likely to be back in contention for the Saints' Premiership clash against Sale.
A Concussion Management Review Group is due to reveal the findings of their investigation into why North was allowed to play on against Leicester at some point tomorrow.
Northampton Saints have signed Canadian prop Jake Ilnicki on a deal until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old was part of the Canada squad for last year's World Cup and featured in their recent autumn international against Ireland.
Ilnicki has played in New Zealand, Australia and America so far in his career and will make his Saints 'A' team debut against Leicester tonight.
Northampton Saints forward Dylan Hartley has been banned for six weeks following his sending off during their defeat against Leinster in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens.
The England captain lasted just six minutes off the bench after he was red-carded for a swinging arm tackle on Leinster's Sean O'Brien.
Prior to this Hartley had already served a total of 54 weeks suspension, the longest being 26 weeks for eye-gouging. His punishments also cost him the chance to play with the British Lions in 2013, and for England in last year's Rugby World Cup.
The six-week ban means Hartley will be able to start in England's Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on February 4.
Northampton Saints forward Dylan Hartley will find out on Wednesday if he'll be able to lead England into the Six Nations.
The England captain lasted just six minutes off the bench after he was red-carded in the Saints' 37-10 defeat to Leinster on Friday in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens.
The dismissal capped a miserable night for Saints fans who are genuinely concerned about the club's ill discipline on the field and poor form.
A suspension of eight weeks or more would rule him out of the Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on February 4.
Hartley will appear before an independent hearing to discover the length of the ban.
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Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood has kept his place in the England team for their big game against Australia on Saturday.
He'll be joined by fellow forwards Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes in the starting XV, while Norfolk's Ben Youngs has also been named.
Teimana Harrison is on the bench.
A win for England at Twickenham would mean they'd end the year unbeaten - the only country to do so.
- England team to play Australia
M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), J Joseph (Bath), O Farrell (Saracens), J May (Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester)
M Vunipola (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), G Kruis (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins), T Wood (Northampton), N Hughes (Wasps).