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Northampton escape punishment over treatment of George North's head injury

But the Concussion Management Review Group ruled that the Welsh back shouldn’t have returned to the field against Leicester.

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NORTHAMPTON WILL NOT be punished for the way they managed George North following the Welsh back’s recent head injury against Leicester.

North, who has a history of head injuries, was tackled in the air by Adam Thompstone and appeared to be lying motionless on the ground afterwards.

North was later allowed to return to the field after passing a head injury assessment despite the fact he appeared to lose consciousness.

The Concussion Management Review Group (CMRG) have published a report stating that North shouldn’t have returned to the field but they were happy protocol was followed.

“The CMRG has concluded its review into a head injury incident involving Northampton Saints’ George North,” the group’s statement reads.

“The CMRG’s view is that there was sufficient evidence to conclude not only from the video evidence but also George North’s history and risk stratification that he should not have returned to the field of play.

“Northampton Saints medical team have accepted that North may have lost consciousness and therefore should not have returned to play.

“The CMRG considered the welfare of North was always at the centre of Northampton’s actions, and does not consider that the medical team (or the club) failed to complete the HIA protocol nor intentionally ignored the player’s best interests.”

Source: Rugby XV/YouTube

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