North committed to country

George North says he intends to play in every Wales international he can despite his club Northampton being fined 60,000 by Premiership Rugby after his participation against Australia last month.

Saints were hit in the pocket after allowing marquee summer signing North to feature in Wales' 30-26 defeat to the Wallabies on November 30 - an appearance that took place outside the International Rugby Board's international window.

Premiership clubs have an agreement that only England players can be released for matches or training camps outside the IRB window.

However, wing North ensured he would be available for all Wales fixtures when he negotiated his move from the Scarlets to Franklin's Gardens in the summer, and the 21-year-old is determined to represent his country at every opportunity.


He said: "Whenever I get the chance to pull the jersey on it is a massive honour and if they say, 'George, we want you to play', then obviously I'm going to play.

"Thank goodness the Saints are so understanding with me and allow me to pursue my international career.

"I have the utmost respect for the club and I back them 100 per cent for giving me this opportunity to pursue my Welsh career but also to play top rugby week to week.

"I came to the club because I wanted to improve myself as a player and I've enjoyed every second of it."