10:26pm Friday 25th October 2013
By Chris Kirwan
NEWPORT Gwent Dragons star Toby Faletau has been taken to hospital for a neck scan after being injured in tonight’s derby loss to the Ospreys.
The number eight suffered a blow to the head while attempting to tackle Eli Walker with half an hour left at the Liberty Stadium.
He received treatment on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium for nearly 10 minutes before being stretchered off in a neck brace.
The Dragons say it was a precautionary measure but the full extent of the injury won’t be clear until the results of the Lions ace’s hospital scan.
Faletau is a key member of the Wales side that will go up against South Africa, Argentina, Tonga and Australia in the autumn internationals, starting against the Springboks on November 9.
“I’m not a medical man so it would be wrong to pass judgement,” said director of rugby Lyn Jones.
“The incident looked fairly innocuous on the video; he was struck in the head and has suffered an adverse reaction.
“Rightly so precautions were taken with a lot of numbness down his left hand. We are fairly optimistic but don’t want to pre-judge anything.”
The Dragons were hammered 40-17 by the Ospreys, their third successive away defeat of the RaboDirect Pro12 campaign.
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