George North: Wales wing back in training after concussion problems

George North
George North has scored 22 tries in 49 appearances for Wales since making his debut against South Africa in 2010

Wales and Northampton Saints wing George North says he is through his concussion problems and has been cleared to resume full training.

North, 23, has been named in Wales' 47-man training squad for the tournament, despite not playing since March because of a series of head injuries.

The 2013 British and Irish Lion told the BBC he has passed all his cognitive tests and is "feeling a lot better".

"I'm allowed to start training fully," he added.

"But there's no rugby to be played so it's a bit of a blessing that I won't take contact for another few weeks now, which is even better for my recovery.

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Wales wing George North says injured international team-mate Jonathan Davies ruled out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup is a "massive loss".

"It is frustrating, but it's not been a bad frustration because you know you have only got one head."

North missed the Saints run-in which ended in defeat in the Premiership semi-final at home to eventual champions Saracens.

The Welsh star's last appearance for the club was on 27 March in the 52-30 home win against Wasps.

North was knocked unconscious as he scored his second try of the match.

It was North's fourth head injury in five months and he was given a period of rest following medical advice.

Northampton coach Jim Mallinder accused Wales coach Warren Gatland of playing "mind games" after the New Zealander said he was "hugely worried" about North's future.

But North says the Saints have treated him well.

George North lies unconscious on the ground after being accidentally kneed in the head by Wasps' Nathan Hughes
Wasps forward Nathan Hughes (right)) successfully appealed against his three-match ban for the incident that left Northampton and Wales wing George North unconscious

"Northampton have been amazing with me from minute one," he said.

"When you only have one head you don't mess around with that.

"I myself sometimes forget I am 23 years old. In the grand scheme of things what's missing two or three weeks more rugby to get an extra few years at the end of your career?

"For me it's been massively frustrating to miss big games, but at the end of the day your health and wellbeing come before rugby."

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