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George North to leave Northampton at end of season

George North has been with Northampton Saints since 2013 Credit: PA

Wales wing George North will leave Northampton at the end of the season after agreeing a national dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union, the WRU has announced.

The flying winger was instrumental in securing a 2017/18 European Rugby Champions Cup place for Northampton as his side beat both Connacht Rugby and Stade Francais to claim the final spot in the competition.

The juggernaut wing, who has won 69 Wales caps and scored 30 tries, has agreed a deal from next term, the Welsh Rugby Union announced on its official Twitter feed.

Northampton released their own statement confirming 25-year-old North's departure. It is not known at this stage which of the four Welsh regions he will join.

During North's four-year spell with the Saints, he played 104 times amassing 160 points in the process.

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Corbisiero departs Northampton Saints

Alex Corbisiero has departed Northampton Saints. Credit: PA

England prop Alex Corbisiero has left Northampton Saints with immediate effect, the Aviva Premiership club have confirmed.

Corbisiero announced he was set to take a year out of the game in December after suffering a number of injuries.

I've had some amazing highs and some frustrating lows. I have always been well looked after and supported. It's been an honour to be part of such a special group of players and I wish them all the best.

– Alex Corbisiero

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.