Mark Wilson joined the Falcons full-time in the summer of 2010 and has gone on to become a mainstay of the pack with his fearless ball-carrying and immense work rate. A former student at Northumbria University, Cumbrian Wilson played his first rugby for local club Kendal before making the move across the Pennines. Originally joining the club on dual registration with local club Blaydon, Wilson represented England Students before stepping up to the professional game. Making his Premiership debut during the 2010-11 campaign he went on to collect Academy Player of the Season at the end of that term. The 2012-13 season saw Wilson in sublime fettle, racking up 30 appearances and ending the campaign with the Ken Lockerbie trophy for consistency over the course of the campaign. The awards continued the following season when Wilson was named Player of the Season after another impressive run of performances. 2014 saw the popular and dominant forward sign a contract and receiving a long-awaited England call up in the summer of 2015, putting in a typically sturdy performance against the Barbarians at Twickenham. The 2015-16 season saw him topping the Premiership Opta tackle stats, Wilson making 18 league appearances which included a successful mid-season stint in the second-row. 2016-17 again saw Wilson as the top tackler in the division, earning a place on the shortlist for Premiership player of the season. This form earned him a call-up for England against the Barbarians before making a long-awaited test debut in the 2-0 series win over Argentina. Another supremely consistent campaign in 2017-18 saw the Cumbrian skippering the side during the injury-enforced absence of club captain Will Welch, scoring two tries in his 17 Premiership outings as they reached the semi-final stage of the competition. That form preceded another England call-up, Wilson appearing twice from the bench during England's tour of South Africa in June 2018.