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Rugby union: talking points from the weekend’s Premiership action

George North injury increases Saints’ woes, Dean Richards is unhappy as Newcastle’s wings are clipped while Johan Ackermann adds ‘icing’ to Gloucester

It was just a footnote on Saturday amid Northampton’s countless woes at Twickenham but George North injured himself in his first involvement after coming off the bench earlier than expected in his first appearance for 11 weeks. With North replacing Ahsee Tuala in the first half, he battled on before he was himself replaced with 15 minutes to go and afterwards the Saints interim coach, Alan Dickens, was unsure of the extent of what he believed was a knee injury. Alan Gaffney takes over until the end of the season on Monday with a huge number of issues to address. It is debatable whether Northampton have ever got the best out of North but the veteran Australian coach could certainly do with the Wales wing being fit before he leaves for the Six Nations. Gerard Meagher

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