Northampton Saints stand down George North for assessment

  • George North has been stood down from playing by Northampton until he has undergone independent assessment
  • The 24-year-old was tackled in the air by Tigers winger Adam Thompstone but passed the head injury assessment
  • Saints reiterated that North did not lose consciousness after the check
Wales winger George North has been stood down from playing by Northampton until he has undergone an independent assessment of the head injury he suffered against Leicester on Saturday.

The 24-year-old was tackled in the air by Tigers winger Adam Thompstone and left the field for a head injury assessment, which he subsequently passed.

“As at every Premiership match, the Saints’ medical team has access to video footage to be used to assist the pitchside assessment of injuries,” said a club statement.

“It is important to note this video footage is not always the full range of replay angles available to the TV viewing audience at home.

“If evidence suggesting a loss of consciousness had been available to the medical team at the time of assessment, George would not have been allowed to return to the field of play.”

“All rugby supporters will no doubt be delighted to learn that George remains well.



“Nevertheless, Northampton Saints continues to place player welfare as its number one priority, and is referring George to an independent expert as part of the club’s ongoing assessment process and George will be stood down from play until this process is complete.

“There is a concussion management and monitoring protocol in place for all Aviva Premiership matches which provides for independent review and the opportunity for more detailed investigation. This is an ongoing process with several stages, and the club looks forward to contributing to this.

“This is an ongoing process with several stages, and the club (Northampton) looks forward to contributing to this.

The club has not given a timescale on how long the independent review will take to complete.


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