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Wasps forward sent-off for knocking George North unconscious in sickening collision

Did the referee have any choice?

GEORGE NORTH HAS had a rough couple of weeks.

The winger was knocked out twice during Wales’ Six Nations defeat to England last month and tonight was involved in a sickening collision which resulted in the Wasps back-row, Nathan Hughes, being sent-off.

Moments after crossing the try line for the second time at Franklin’s Gardens, North was out cold as Hughes’ knee collided with the Welsh international’s head.

After watching several replays, referee Craig Maxwell-Keyes produced a red for Hughes as North received lengthy treatment in the in-goal area.

As he was being stretchered off the pitch, there was an angry exchanges of words between Northampton coach Dorian West and a member of the Wasps backroom team.

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