George North has signed a new contract with the Northampton Saints.

Over the course of the last year, the Welsh Rugby Union have begun the process of returning many of their overseas based players to their regional sides.

Indeed before the Northampton Saints announced that George North had signed a new contract, both the Scarlets and the Cardiff Blues had been linked with a move for the Welsh winger.

While joining a Welsh regional side would have effectively solidified his place in the Welsh national side, North’s decision to extend his stay with the Saints could see him fall foul of Gatland’s law.

The WRU Senior Players Selection Policy, allows Warren Gatland select only two players playing outside of Wales this season. However the policy may not be applicable to North, as it is unclear whether or not he received an offer from the WRU and or a Welsh region.

If North turned down a WRU dual contract, he would be competing for a place in the Welsh squad as one of Gatland’s wildcard selections.

Therefore, with the likes of Jamie Roberts, Luke Charteris, Leigh Halfpenny, Bradley Davies and Jonathon Davies all currently playing abroad, North may have put his immediate international future into question.

It will depend on whether or not either the Scarlets or the Blues actually offered North a contract prior to him signing with the Saints.

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