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Northampton withdraw George North from action

Northampton wing George North has suffered a series of concussions. Credit: PA

George North will not play for Northampton again until he has been assessed by an independent expert in head injuries.

The Welsh wing, who has suffered a series of concussions, was cleared by Saints medics to continue playing during Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Leicester despite replays suggesting he had been knocked out following a tackle from Adam Thompstone.

Questions have been raised about whether the player's welfare was best served by his return to action but Northampton insist they were fully in compliance with World Rugby's head injury assessment protocols.

The club does admit, however, that the footage available to them at the time was limited and have taken the precautionary steps of withdrawing North from action pending the specialist's verdict.

Northampton winger North out for a month

George North will be away from rugby for a month. Credit: PA

George North will be out until the end of April after having further tests on a head injury.

The Welshman has now suffered three concussion in recent months and will spend some time on the sidelines.

We have listened to the advice we sought and George will be taking some time away from the field.

Throughout this process it is important that George's welfare comes first and that he is treated patiently and calmly, only returning to action when all of the medical team are happy for him to do so.

– Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder

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North to sit out Northampton European clash

George North is out. Credit: PA

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.

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.

– Jim Mallinder

North feeling fine after being knocked out

George North was stretchered off. Credit: PA

Winger George North says he's feeling OK after being knocked out during Northampton Saints' win over Wasps.

The Welshman suffered a knee to the head by Nathan Hughes, who was sent off for dangerous play but protested his innocence.

North was stretchered off unconscious and in a neck brace, but tweeted to say he was fine.

Lions captain gives 'credit to Australia'

George North is tackled during the match against Australia Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Lions captain Sam Warburton has praised Australia for a "thrilling" test match in Brisbane.

"That was entertaining, that's for sure," he said in a pitch side interview with Sky Sports. "The last 20 minutes were so hard and we really had to dig in. Credit to Australia."

George North who scored a try in the first half has praised the travelling fans for "their fantastic support".