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”.
Make of it what you will…
Not sure how George North has passed his HIA after that? pic.twitter.com/oYjnqD9giG
— Will Moore (@willmoore1993) December 3, 2016
— Phil Sandford (@Phil_Sandford) December 3, 2016
George North knocked out cold and let back on….it’s kind of sickening, it wouldn’t happen in boxing or MMA so why rugby? #GUINNESSPRO12
— Kevin Garry (@KevinGarry1) December 3, 2016
Another weekend & another shocking call around HIA in rugby. I dread to think what state George North will be in at 50. #LEIvNOR
— David Sheehan ? (@DavidSSport) December 3, 2016
Concerning that George North was allowed to play on after this. The Saints wing has a history of head injuries. https://t.co/i3ai4UeQrg
— Alex Lowe (@AlexMLowe) December 3, 2016
George North, motionless on the pitch after fall, allowed back on to play. In this day and age – with his concussion history – that’s unreal
— Tom English (@BBCTomEnglish) December 3, 2016
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