Rugby: North lose Sale players

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The North's plans for Sunday's Counties of Origin game against the New Zealand Barbarians at Huddersfield have been thrown into turmoil following the withdrawal yesterday by the Sale contingent.

Eight Sale players were due to play and in a statement, the club said: "As a result of the North being denied the chance of its best available squad as a consequence of the stance taken by many Epruc clubs, the Sale players feel over-exposed and do not wish to jeopardise their priorities for the rest of the season."