Tuesday 17 September 2019

Review finds that George North should not have returned to play after head injury

George North lying motionless after the incident
George North lying motionless after the incident

Duncan Bech

Northampton were wrong to return George North to the field of play following a head injury against Leicester but have escaped any sanction, the Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) has found.

North was injured in the first half of the Aviva Premiership clash on December 3 but despite appearing to have been knocked unconscious, he passed a head injury assessment and was allowed to resume by Saints' medical staff.

The CMRG set up to investigate the incident concluded that while there was "sufficient evidence" to end North's involvement in the match, the club did not "intentionally ignore the player's best interests".

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