Wilson A World Champion

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Newcastle Falcons prop Scott Wilson starred in the England Under-20s side that lifted the IRB Junior World Championship trophy on Sunday.

The 19-year-old started at tight-head for the talented England outfit that beat Wales 23-15 in the final of the competition.

Losing just one match on the road to the final, Wilson was instrumental in helping his side come back from 15-3 down at the break to claim a memorable victory.

Former Sedbergh School pupil Wilson, who played a significant role in the Falcons’ promotion back to the Aviva Premiership under the stewardship of director of rugby Dean Richards, made quite an impression for his country.

England won their opening game 30-6 against hosts France before narrowly losing to South Africa 31-24 in their second group game.

A record breaking 109-0 triumph over USA secured them a place in the semi-final where they edged past New Zealand 33-21.

Former Falcons front-rower Ian Peel, who now coaches the England stars of the future, orchestrated the impressive victory over the Kiwis with his expertise in the scrummaging department.

Falcons academy manager Mark Laycock said: “Scott was outstanding at the Junior World Championships, and he did himself, his family and his friends proud because to play five games in three weeks is no easy task.

“He will now have a short break along with George McGuigan who played for Ireland before they re-join the rest of the squad for pre-season training.”

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