Saints star North ‘feeling ok’ after concussion scare

George North was stretchered off after taking a knee to the head from Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes (picture: Dave Ikin)
George North was stretchered off after taking a knee to the head from Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes (picture: Dave Ikin)

Saints star George North says he is ‘feeling ok’ after the incident that saw him knocked out in Friday’s win against Wasps.

Having dived over for his second try of the night in the 35th minute, North was stretchered off after taking a knee to the head from Wasps No.8 Nathan Hughes.

Hughes was dismissed by referee Craig Maxwell-Keys and Saints went on to earn a 52-30 victory.

But all the concern was for North, who has a history of concussion and was rested for Wales’ Six Nations game at Scotland after suffering two hefty blows to the head against England in early February.

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder revealed the 22-year-old was smiling and singing in the dressing room after the game.

And North took to social networking site Twitter on Saturday to reassure supporters.

He tweeted: “Thanks for all the messages. Feeling ok, up and about.”

Later on Saturday, Saints issued an update on North’s condition.

“After the game North was conscious and in the Saints’ changing room with the rest of the team,” the statement read. “He has been into the club today (Saturday) for treatment and will continue to be monitored by the Saints’ experienced medical team throughout the weekend.

“As with everyone in the squad, Northampton Saints places the highest importance on player welfare, and as such North will see a specialist early next week for an assessment.

“Northampton Saints will make further announcements as and when they are available, but no further comment will be made in the meantime.”