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George North ruled out of Northampton's Champions Cup clash after third concussion of 2015

Matt McGeehan

Published 01/04/2015 | 13:12

George North of Northampton Saints lays injured after colliding with Nathan Hughes of Wasps as he scored his second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on March 27
George North of Northampton Saints lays injured after colliding with Nathan Hughes of Wasps as he scored his second try during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Wasps at Franklin's Gardens on March 27

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.

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North has been knocked unconscious three times in recent months, including in last Friday's 52-30 win over Wasps.

Saints coach Jim Mallinder said: "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."

Former World Rugby medical adviser Dr Barry O'Driscoll says North - the top try-scorer in the competition with seven this season - should not play again this season.

Mallinder added: "There's been lots of opinion. We've got to be careful that we don't blow anything out of proportion.

"It's a tough game, (but) player welfare will always come first."

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