Transfer Rumours: Region pull out of the running to sign George North

BBC is reporting that Cardiff Blues will inform the Welsh Rugby Union they have withdrawn from the race to sign George North.

The 25-year-old will return to Wales at the end of the season on a national dual contract, meaning the WRU will pay 60% of his salary.

In December WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said all four Welsh regions had shown interest in signing North.

Blues chief executive Richard Holland says North is a “quality player” but they want to strengthen their pack.

The region has decided to prioritise front-five signings before the 2018-19 season, given that props Taufa’ao Filise and Gethin Jenkins are 40 and 37 respectively, while hooker Matthew Rees is 37.

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