By Thomas Branston
Northampton Saints winger George North has been named to start against Gloucester just four weeks after suffering yet another concussion incident.
The Welsh international is set to return to Premiership action with Saints just weeks after appearing to be knocked out when colliding with Adam Thompstone in a 19-11 defeat to Leicester Tigers.
This is the fifth head injury incident involving North in two years, his last coming on the 27 March 2015 in a 52-30 win over Wasps.
From December 3rd 2016 vs Leicester Tigers –
Jim Mallinder on North playing on after requiring a head injury assessment:
“I don’t make those decisions and our doctors and medical staff are really clear that if anyone gets knocked unconscious or has had a knock where they look like they are unconscious, they need to come straight off.
“It’s as simple as that. You don’t go to be assessed – you are off straight away. George has had some previous issues so he took it steady.
“The doctor was very, very happy even as he walked off that he was just going to go for an assessment and thankfully he could come back on.”
Northampton were investigated and received no sanction on allowing North back on the field after what appears to be another concussion incident despite passing pitch side HIA assessments.
North returns on the left wing in place of Juan Pablo Estelles after being stood down by Saints following his latest head injury.
Saints returned to winning ways in the Aviva Premiership with 24-5 win over Sale Sharks at the Gardens last Friday.
North was cleared and made available for the Sale fixture but Northampton opted to give North another week out.
— david murphy (@DavejMurph) December 3, 2016