Northampton fined for releasing North to Wales

Aviva Premiership Rugby club Northampton Saints have been fined 60,000 pounds ($98,000) for releasing winger George North to Wales for their Test against Australia’s Wallabies.

Northampton admitted breaching Premiership Rugby policy, which allows only
England players to be released for matches or national camps outside of the
international test window.

The league penalised the club after a hearing on
Wednesday, and said in a statement that Northampton will not appeal.

North scored both of Wales’ tries in the match on Nov. 30 at Millennium Stadium,
where Australia won 30-26.

When North agreed to join Northampton this year, he had a clause in his deal
to be released for all tests and training camps, including any outside of the
window. When Northampton released the British Lions star for the match, they said
at the time that they backed his international aspirations and said the club “has not contravened any laws, rules
or regulations.”

“The club’s management wants every player at the club to achieve the highest
level they can, and wants every player to have the ambition to wear their respective
national shirt,” the statement added.

“While we appreciate that we are outside Premiership Rugby board policy
with this particular agreement we also believe that having George as a Northampton
Saints player has benefitted both the club and the league as a whole.”

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