Concern for North

Date published: December 4 2016

Wales and Northampton wing George North played on after passing a concussion test in Saturday’s Premiership match with Leicester Tigers.

North, the fastest player to reach 50 Test caps, appeared to be knocked out after being tackled in the air by Leicester’s Adam Thompstone.

Saturday’s incident is cause for concern, even with North having passed a Head Injury Assessment, given his concussion history over the last few years.

Northampton later issued a statement addressing the incident.

“George was attended to by the Northampton Saints medical team rapidly after landing on his side following a challenge in the air by Adam Thompstone.

“George was communicating immediately with attending medics and complaining of neck pain. Significant neck injury was excluded on the field but on review of video footage pitch side, the team followed World Rugby protocols and used a Head Injury Assessment given the potential mechanism for head injury. George was fully assessed by the doctor and passed fit to return to play.

“Northampton Saints places the highest importance on player care and their safety is the club’s primary concern.”