World Rugby will not punish Northampton despite ruling that the club’s medics wrongfully let George North return to action after a suspected head injury against Leicester in December.
Rugby’s global governing body yesterday expressed “disappointment” on Northampton’s failings, after North fell heavily following a tackle from Adam Thompstone in Premiership action on December 3.
World Rugby has insisted however that English authorities acted quickly to avoid any repeat of a player returning to action after suffering a suspected concussion.
“Despite the failing by the club to correctly apply World Rugby’s head-injury management protocols, World Rugby has recognised that the RFU (Rugby Football Union) and PRL (Premiership Rugby Limited) acted swiftly and appropriately to implement measures with Northampton Saints and other clubs to reduce the probability of future non-compliance,” read a World Rugby statement.
North appeared to be knocked unconscious after landing heavily from Leicester wing Thompstone’s aerial challenge in the Tigers’ 19-11 league win at Welford Road.
The 24-year-old underwent a Head Injury Assessment and returned to the fray but World Rugby has now confirmed North should have been permanently removed instead.
North was later stood down by Northampton, missing three weeks of action as he recovered from his latest head injury issue.
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