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Australia's Israel Folau (R) fails to stop Wales's George North (L) from scoring a try during their international rugby union match at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff November 30, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville
LONDON (Reuters) - Northampton have been fined 60,000 pounds ($98,300) by a Premiership Rugby disciplinary panel for allowing winger George North to play for Wales against Australia last month in a match outside the official international window.
All the Premiership clubs have signed an agreement stating that only players representing England can be released outside the window and Northampton admitted they had broken the rules regarding the Cardiff match on November 30, which Australia won 30-26.
The 21-year-old North, a key player in the British and Irish Lions team who won this year's series in Australia, joined Northampton from Welsh club Scarlets at the end of last season.
(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Ed Osmond)
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