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Northampton fined over North release

Updated: Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 10:39 | Comments

George North
George North

Northampton have been fined over €70,000 after releasing George North for Wales duty outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window.

The Aviva Premiership club allowed North to feature in Wales' 30-26 defeat at the hands of Australia on 30 November, which came after the end of the autumn international period.

Premiership clubs have an agreement that only England players can be released for matches outside the IRB window, but North ensured he would be available for all Wales fixtures when he negotiated his summer move from the Scarlets to Franklin's Gardens.

Saints appeared before a three-man panel on Wednesday, and were handed the fine after admitting to a breach of Premiership Rugby Board policy.

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