North injury boost for Wales

Fears over the severity of a neck injury sustained by George North while playing for the Scarlets have been allayed. The winger should be back in action before Wales begin the defence of their 2012 Grand Slam against Ireland on 2 February.

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Wales and Scarlets wait for North injury news

George North will assessed by the Scarlets medical team today - as they look to establish how serious the neck injury he sustained on Friday night against Ulster is.

The winger was taken to hospital after the incident, had his neck scanned and x-rays taken, although the results showed no serious injury. He flew back from Belfast with the rest of the team on Saturday morning.

The Scarlets say 'it is too early to assess the full extent of the injury at this stage or indeed the recovery period.' Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley will surely be keeping a close eye, with the opening game of the Six Nations - against Ireland - less than a month away.

North's powerful running would certainly be missed by the Scarlets - and by Wales Credit: David Davies / PA Wire / Press Association Images

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