Aviva Premiership: George North out for a month with concussion

Northampton Saints confirm that their Wales winger has been stood down after his latest head knock on the advice of a neurologist

By Gareth Llewellyn

George North has been ordered to take a month out of rugby after his latest concussion.

The Northampton Saints winger was concussed in a collision with the knee of Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes while scoring his second try in the Saints 52-30 win in the Aviva Premiership last week.

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

Saints boss Jim Mallinder confirms George North’s absence

It was a third concussion for the 22-year-old in two months, after the double head knock sustained in Wales’ defeat to England in the RBS 6 Nations on 6 February.

North also missed Wales’ famous win over South Africa in November due to concussion, and the latest incident, which led to North being stretchered off the field has prompted a neurologist to advise that the Wales star be rested and reassessed at the end of April.

“We have listened to the advice we sought, and George will be taking some time away from the field,” Mallinder said in a statement released by the club.

“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.”

During his absence from the Saints team, North will be prevented from taking part in on-field training and will be monitored by the club’s medical team.

But he is expected to continue his work with the club’s performance department ahead of a potential return for the Premiership play-offs.

Meanwhile, Wasps have confirmed that they will appeal the three-week ban handed to Hughes for causing the collision, which rules him out of Wasps’ European Champions Cup quarter-final at Toulon on Sunday.

The player was red carded during the match and cited for the incident, but the club are challenging a Rugby Football Union disciplinary committee’s sanction on the grounds “that it was an accident and no foul play occurred.”

The hearing will take place on Friday next week.

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