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Fans In Disbelief As George North Is Returned To The Field Despite Appearing To Be Concussed

George North has been the victim of a series of concussions throughout his career.

The most public of which occurred during the 2015 Six Nations Championship clash between England and Wales, when the winger was seemingly knocked unconscious after being accidentally caught by Dave Attwood’s boot, but returned to the field eight minutes later after passing a Head Injury Assessment.

However North suffered a second blow to the head during the 66th minute of the same match while tackling Mike Brown. After the impact the Lions winger was unarguably concussed, immediately falling to the floor without using his hands to soften the impact.

A few weeks later North was once again knocked out cold, this time while playing with the Northampton Saints against Wasps.

In a challenge that saw Nathan Hughes sent off, the Wasps number eight kicked North in the head as he crossed the line for a try. North was subsequently stood down by neurologists and didn’t play for the remainder of the season.

However, just as we thought World Rugby were taking a stringent stance on concussion, George North was allowed return to the action after laying prone on the field during Saturday’s game between the Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers.

The winger was taken out while competing against Adam Thompstone in the air, and lay motionless on the floor after landing for a minute or so.

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North was then taken off the field for a HIA, but unbelievably returned minutes later. Despite the outrage and disbelief among fans, after the game Jim Mallinder argued North “wasn’t knocked-out, he was fine and the doctor was happy with him”.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.