Team news: Wilson returns against Edinburgh

Thursday 24 August 2017

England flanker Mark Wilson makes his first start of the summer for Newcastle Falcons on Friday as they aim to continue their unbeaten pre-season against Edinburgh in Melrose (kick-off 6pm).

Winning his first two international caps in England’s 2-0 series win in Argentina back in June, Wilson returns at blind-side flanker for a Falcons side who have beaten Doncaster Knights (31-8), Nottingham (49-19) and Rotherham Titans (59-14).

Newcastle were 26-21 winners when they last met Edinburgh at the same stage last season, and go into the Melrose clash with Will Welch once again captaining the side from the open-side flank.

Nili Latu completes the back row, Scotsman Jon Welsh packing down at tight-head prop in a forward pack which sees former Jedforest man Glen Young returning to his homeland.

Sonatane Takulua and Toby Flood form the half-back partnership for the second week in succession, Juan Pablo Socino paired with Chris Harris in the centres.

Scotsmen Ally Hogg and Scott Lawson are both included on a 12-man bench which also sees a place for Josh Matavesi, the Fijian international centre who joined from Ospreys over the summer.

Tickets for the match are priced £10 adults and £5 concessions from the Melrose club office, or online by clicking here. Free parking is offered at Melrose’s Annay Road pitches.

Newcastle Falcons team to face Edinburgh (Friday, 6pm, the Greenyards, Melrose)

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Belisario Agulla

13 Chris Harris

12 Juan Pablo Socino

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Toby Flood

9 Sonatane Takulua

1 Rob Vickers

2 Kyle Cooper

3 Jon Welsh

4 Will Witty

5 Glen Young

6 Mark Wilson

7 Will Welch (captain)

8 Nili Latu

Replacements

16 Scott Lawson

17 Santiago Socino

18 Sami Mavinga

19 Calum Green

20 Callum Chick

21 Sam Stuart

22 Joel Hodgson

23 Alex Tait

[BLANK] Trevor Davison

[BLANK] Ally Hogg

[BLANK] Josh Matavesi

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