Saints Defend North Decision

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Saints Defend North Decision


NORTHAMPTON insist they have not broken any "laws, rules or regulations" by releasing George North to play for Wales against Australia.

There has been speculation that the Saints could be fined by Premiership Rugby (PRL) for allowing the Lions winger to face the Wallabies at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The policy of PRL is that non-England players should not be released for such out-of-window internationals. But North's club contract guarantees him full release for all Wales matches.

That has enabled him to stay with the national squad this week and be named in the team for the autumn finale. It remains to be seen whether PRL will take action against Northampton.

The Franklin's Gardens outfit issued a statement yesterday outlining their stance on the matter.

"We have noted the media reports about a potential investigation of the club regarding George North and his playing for Wales outside the IRB window," it read.

"George is a world-class player who, in his short time at Franklin's Gardens, has brought a great deal of excitement and quality, not just to the Saints, but to the Aviva Premiership as a competition.

"Every player asks for specific conditions to be included in their agreements. …

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