Northampton give positive update on North after latest head trauma

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Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder has played down the severity of George North's latest head injury after he was knocked unconscious in the 52-30 Premiership win over Wasps over Friday. 

Major health fears were sparked when North – who suffered two severe blows to the head in Wales' Six Nations defeat to England last month – took a knee to the face as he went over for his second try with 34 minutes played. 

The Wales wing was left motionless on his back – Wasps' Nathan Hughes sent off for catching the 22-year-old – but Mallinder has provided a positive update. 

"George took a decent knock, but he came round pretty soon after that and he was in the changing room smiling," said Mallinder. 

"He's got a bit of a headache. Hopefully he'll be okay."

On the incident, Mallinder added: "It was reckless coming in with the knee."