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North plays down fears over his recovery

George North in action for Saints Credit: PA

George North has played down the fears over his recovery from concussion.

It comes as Wales boss Warren Gatland said he'd like North to miss the rest of the season, and not play again until the World Cup in September.

The 23-year-old wing, who has suffered four head injuries in the last five months, is focusing his efforts on getting back to health and told The Daily Telegraph of his recovery: "It's looking positive.

I am symptom-free at the moment and going through the return-to-play protocols. I am doing that over a two-week period rather than the normal one week, so that I get plenty of time to recover. I am following the advice of the physios, doing everything that they advise. It is a step-by-step thing and that is what I am doing at the moment.

– George North

Northampton Saints forward Day not concerned by dip in form

Christian Day. Credit: PA

Northampton forward Christian Day says he's not worried about the Saints' recent dip in form.

The Premiership champions have lost their last two games.

They take on Saracens at a packed out stadium:mk tomorrow.

"We had a similar run of bad form last season and we went on to win two trophies, so we're not panicking really.

We've got a big challenge this weekend, top verses second, and we're looking forward to it."

– Christian Day, Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints add South African centre Howard to their squad for next season

Patrick Howard will be joining Northampton Saints in the summer. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of South African centre Patrick Howard for next season.

The 23-year-old will join from Western Province in the summer.

Howard spent time at Munster earlier this campaign, and has represented South Africa at youth level.

“I really enjoyed my time in Europe earlier this year and was delighted when Saints showed interest in me.

It is a great opportunity for me to be joining a fantastic club and continue to develop as a player.

I cannot wait to pull on the Saints jersey!

I have had a great time coming through the ranks at Western Province, but feel that now is the right time to experience something new overseas.”

– Patrick Howard, Northampton Saints


Young Northampton Saints star Hooley to join Exeter Chiefs

Will Hooley (centre) in action for Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

Exeter Chiefs have announced that they will sign young Northampton Saints fly-half Will Hooley at the end of the season.

The 21-year-old will pen a two-year deal in the summer, and will compete for the number 10 shirt with Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade.

Hooley has been with Northampton since the age of 12 and has made 14 appearances for the first team.

“I’m really looking forward to the move, I see it as a massive opportunity for me to experience a new club, a new environment and to hopefully be part of something special down at the Chiefs."

– Will Hooley, Northampton Saints

Northampton Saints star George North to see brain specialist over concussion scares

George North in action against Wasps. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints winger George North will see a brain specialist before the weekend to see when he can return to rugby.

The Wales star was knocked unconscious during last week's Premiership match with Wasps.

It's the third time that North has been knocked out in the space of two months.

Nathan Hughes, the man who struck him, has been banned for three weeks.

Strong Saints presence for England's crucial 6 Nations clash

The Twickenham dressing room. Credit: Rob Halden-Pratt.

Three Northampton Saints players have been named in England's starting line-up for Saturday's crucial 6 Nations clash with France this weekend.

Luther Burrell, Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes will play alongside Norfolk-born Leicester player Ben Youngs at Twickenham.

His brother Tom Youngs and Saints' Tom Wood have been named as replacements.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made just one change to the starting line-up following last week's victory over Scotland, with Geoff Parling replacing Dave Attwood.

Northampton Saints forward Lawes earns England recall

Courtney Lawes will face Scotland on Saturday. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints forward Courtney Lawes has been recalled to England's starting line-up to face Scotland on Saturday.

The second row has missed the first three games of the Six Nations with an ankle injury, but will replace Saracens' George Kruis at lock.

Tom Wood has been named among the replacements. Credit: PA

Lawes' Saints team-mate Tom Wood has also been brought back into the squad - he's among the substitutes.

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England starting XV to face Scotland:

M Brown (Harlequins), A Watson (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), L Burrell (Northampton), J Nowell (Exeter), G Ford (Bath), B Youngs (Leicester),

J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), D Attwood (Bath), C Lawes (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), K Brookes (Newcastle), G Parling (Leicester), T Wood (Northampton), R Wigglesworth (Saracens), D Cipriani (Sale), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester)

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