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World Rugby: North should have been withdrawn

George North was hit on the head twice. Credit: PA

Wales winger George North should not have remained on the field of play following a head impact in the 61st minute of the Wales v England RBS 6 Nations match, World Rugby has announced in a statement.

The organisation also stated steps they will take to avoid a similar incident happening in the future.

Following a full post-incident review, World Rugby believes that Wales player George North should not have remained on the field of play following a head impact in the 61st minute of the Wales versus England RBS 6 Nations match at the Millennium Stadium on Friday night.

World Rugby will be immediately investigating, evaluating and promoting the implementation of the following measures:

  1. World Rugby will investigate the practicality of the television match official technology being expanded to identify head injuries as they happen on the field.

  2. All elite competitions will be requested to provide pitch-side video for medical staff.

  3. All elite tournaments will be encouraged to adopt the Rugby World Cup 2015 player welfare standards.

– World Rugby statement

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Wales name side to face England 48 hours early

Wales have sprung a surprise by naming their side to face England in the Six Nations two days earlier than normal.

The two nations will start the tournament at the Millennium on Friday night.

Yorkshire police issue warning over driving in heavy snow

Yorkshire police officers have issued warning over driving in heavy snow, posting images on Twitter.

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Snow falls across the south

The Met Office has issued a warning for the south and south east of England to prepare for ice with further wintry showers.

Outbreaks of rain and sleet are expected today with possible snow on hills where a slight covering is possible.

More wintry showers will affect Kent overnight where some snow may settle on the North Downs.

The snow settles in Havant in Hampshire this morning Credit: Annette White
Snow settles in Botley in Oxfordshire Credit: Rachel Trafford
The outlook in Basingstoke in Hampshire this morning Credit: Vanessa West
A light dusting of snow in Tunbridge Wells in Kent Credit: Fiona Rich
Snow falls in Haslemere in Surrey Credit: Gaynor Ann Williams

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Britain braces for blizzards, snow and strong winds

The Met Office said sleet and snow showers would affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland today, with snow falling to lower levels and extending further south through the day.

Britain braces for blizzards, snow and strong winds. Credit: PA

A very cold airmass will spread southwards across Scotland and Northern Ireland accompanied by strong winds, spreading southwards into northern England and north Wales later in the day.

Frequent showers are likely to form in this airmass, and with the cold air snow is likely to accumulate, even to low levels in places.

Periods of enhanced snowfall are possible within this general flow, perhaps more especially across the high ground of Scotland and north-east England, but these details are more uncertain.

– Met Office's chief forecaster Eddie Carroll

Drivers warned of icy roads as big freeze grips UK

Forecasters warn cold conditions across the UK will lead to ice on the roads. Credit: Drivers face difficult conditions

Motorists have been warned to expect difficult driving conditions as icy weather continues to grip the UK.

The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for ice across the entire country and snow across the Midlands, northern England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

With temperatures remaining low overnight, forecasters have warned that ice is likely to form on untreated road surfaces and more snow is expected on high ground, especially across Scotland.

Strong winds of up to 60mph are predicted in north-west Scotland, meaning blizzard conditions are likely, experts say.

There is the potential for disruption throughout this period due to the accumulating snow and ice but also with temporary blizzard conditions leading to very difficult driving conditions."

– Eddie Carroll, Met Office's chief forecaster

The Met Office said sleet and snow showers would affect parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland today, with snow falling to lower levels and extending further south through the day.

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