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Northampton Saints star North to miss Wales' clash with Scotland after head injury

Northampton Saints wing George North will miss Wales's Six Nations clash against Scotland. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints wing George North will miss Wales's Six Nations clash against Scotland at the weekend after taking two blows to his head in the defeat to England.

The sport's governing body, World Rugby, yesterday ruled that North should not have remained on the field of play at the Millennium Stadium.

World Rugby: "George North shouldn't have stayed on the field of play"

George North. Credit: PA Wire

Northampton Saints winger George North should not have remained on the field of play after getting a head injury in the Six Nations match between Wales and England according to World Rugby.

The decision has been released in a statement and it follows a head injury in the 61st minute of Friday night's game.

North came off the field after receiving an accidental boot to the head from England lock Dave Attwood but was able to continue after treatment.

World Rugby, meanwhile, has also announced that it will be "immediately investigating, evaluating and promoting the implementation" of new measures.

These are the practicality of television match official technology being expanded to identify head injuries as they happen on the field.

"The World Rugby head injury protocol clearly states that a player should be immediately and permanently removed from the field of play where there are any visible symptoms or suspicion of a potential concussion. However, following thorough discussions and input from the expert independent Concussion Advisory Group, World Rugby accepts the WRU's explanation that neither the team medical staff nor the independent doctor had sight of the incident, and understands that the medics acted within the framework of information they had at the time and would have taken a different course of action had they had direct pitchside visibility or access to the same broadcast footage seen by those watching on television."

– World Rugby Statement

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Northampton Saints forward Day called up to England squad as cover for Leicester's Parling

Christian Day has been called up the England training squad. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints second row Christian Day has been called up the England training squad for the Six Nations as cover for injured Leicester Tigers forward Geoff Parling.

The 31-year-old hasn't previously been capped by the senior team, but has turned out for the England Saxons.

Leicester Tigers flanker Tom Croft has also been called up to the squad as cover for Day's Saints teammate Tom Wood who injured his ankle in the weekend defeat to Racing Metro.

Northampton Saints star Lawes ruled out of opening Six Nations games, while Foden awaits scan results

Courtney Lawes will miss the start of England's Six Nations campaign. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Courtney Lawes will miss the start of England's Six Nations campaign as he undergoes surgery to repair a troublesome ankle injury.

The second row hasn't played since the Saints' win over rivals Leicester Tigers back in December.

Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder hasn't ruled out Lawes being fit for the backend of the Six Nations.

Ben Foden will have a scan on a knee injury. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, fellow Saints player Ben Foden will have a scan today on a knee injury picked up in the weekend's European Cup win over Ospreys.

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Northampton Saints pair Manoa and Ma’afu to join Toulon

Samu Manoa is heading to Toulon. Credit: PA

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed that Northampton Saints forwards Samu Manoa and Salesi Ma’afu will sign for his club at the end of the season.

The news will come as a blow to Northampton who had managed to tie down their other prized assets in Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes last week.

American star Manoa has been handed a four-year contract by the European Champions, and Boudjellal has backed him to impress in France.

“Samu Manoa is the first four-year contract that I have signed.

For me, he will become the star of the Top 14. He is a rugby phenomenon, made for Mayol."

– Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon owner
Salesi Ma’afu is also heading for the exit door. Credit: PA

Toulon have also agreed a deal to sign Saints prop Ma’afu, while New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu and Clermont winger Napolioni Nalaga have also joined.

Hartley spurns Montpellier advances to pen new Northampton Saints deal

Dylan Hartley has signed a new contract with Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

Seven Northampton Saints players, including England stars Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes, have signed new contracts with the club.

Speculation had been mounting that Hartley would switch to French club Montpellier, but the Saints captain has revealed that he spurned their advances to stay at Franklin's Gardens.

Courtney Lawes is also staying at Franklin's Gardens. Credit: PA

Second-row Courtney Lawes was also linked with a move away after establishing himself as one of the best forwards in the Aviva Premiership.

Calum Clark, Alex Waller, Ethan Waller, James Craig and Gareth Denman have also committed their futures to Northampton.

“We have a group that has shown time and again that they have the ability to compete at the highest level of club rugby, and retaining players is very important to us.

The seven forwards that we have announced today are all good players already, but they still have the ability to improve and we are looking forward to seeing them develop further at Franklin’s Gardens.”

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints director of Rugby

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Northampton Saints star Dickson not giving up on England World Cup dream

Lee Dickson is desperate to return to the England squad. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints star Lee Dickson admits he's desperate to force his way back into the England squad ahead of next year's World Cup.

The scrum-half was overlooked by Head Coach Stuart Lancaster for the Autumn internationals last month.

Despite the setback, Dickson says he's focussed on impressing for the Saints - starting with this Saturday's European Cup trip to Italian side Treviso.

"I've been very disappointed not to play for England when I've felt like maybe I could have had a crack here and there but that's professional rugby.

Things go against you and you've got to react.

I think I've reacted very well, I think I've played well in the last couple of games and I've just got to keep putting my hand up."

– Lee Dickson, Northampton Saints
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