Planet Rugby

Saints fined 60k over North release

18th December 2013 17:50


George North Northampton training 2013

North: Played for Wales outside the IRB's designated Test window

Northampton received a £60,000 fine for releasing George North for Wales duty outside the International Rugby Board's designated Test window.

A three-man Premiership Rugby panel made the decision on Wednesday, after the club admitted it had "breached board policy" over player release.

Northampton have already said they will not appeal against the sanction.

The fine relates to Northampton allowed North to play for Wales against Australia on November 30 - which is a date outside the IRB window. Wales lost the game in Cardiff 30-26.

The 12 Aviva Premiership clubs have a solidarity policy over player release for Test matches and the organisation is clearly dissatisfied that the Saints broke ranks.

As part of the Premiership clubs' agreement, only England players are allowed to be released to play for their national side outside of the IRB's international window.

It is believed, however, that when North moved from the Scarlets to Northampton his contract stated that he would be made available for all Wales fixtures.

  • Aviva Prem Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
Saturday , May 3
Saracens vs Worcester15:00
Bath vs Northampton15:00
Wasps vs Newcastle15:00
Exeter vs Harlequins15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Aviva Prem Results
Recent Results
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
Sunday , March 30
Newcastle 12 - 17 WorcesterNewcastle vs Worcester Report
Saturday , March 29
Exeter 13 - 14 GloucesterExeter vs Gloucester Report
Harlequins 23 - 9 London IrishHarlequins vs London Irish Report
Wasps 20 - 32 SaracensWasps vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Aviva Prem Table
Aviva Premiership Table
3Leicester Tigers1963