Junior World Cup winner Scott Wilson has been called-up to the England Saxons 25-man training squad to face the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm on Saturday 25 January (kick-off 5pm).
Wilson, 19, who has impressed during his first season in the Aviva Premiership, features in a star-studded line-up alongside the likes of Tom Varndell, Graham Kitchener and former Falcons and current Leicester Tigers full-back Mathew Tait.
“I’m absolutely delighted for Scott, who thoroughly merits a place in the Saxons squad,” said Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards.
“Scott has made the step up to the Premiership with ease this term, and his inclusion in the Saxons squad will develop his game even more,” he added.
The squad will be updated to take on Scotland ‘A’ in Glasgow on 31 January, but before then they lock horns with a strong Wolfhounds outfit, whom they beat 14-10 in Galway last season.
Joe Lydon, the RFU’s head of international player development, leads the Saxons management with head coach Jon Callard assisted by Simon Hardy and Saracens’ Paul Gustard.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Our philosophy on selection is to give some younger players an opportunity alongside one or two more established players who are looking to push into the senior squad.
“It’s a great chance for players to put a marker down and show they have the ability to go from club to country and still deliver the club form many of them have been showing. The opportunities ahead of them are clear with a major tour to New Zealand to come this summer before the Rugby World Cup next year.
“We have a good blend in the backline with the likes of Henry Slade and Sam Hill stepping up from the England Under-20 side that won the Junior World Championship last summer.
“In the back three, we’re all excited about seeing Mathew Tait in an England shirt once more and having him, Elliot Daly, Tom Varndell and Semesa Rokoduguni available means we’re strong in that area. We will rotate the squad so everyone will get an opportunity.”
Wilson's selection in the squad rounds off a positive week for the Falcons with fellow front-rower Scott Lawson earning a call-up to the Scotland training squad ahead of the Six Nations.
Forwards Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby) Calum Clark (Northampton Saints) Will Collier (Harlequins) Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints) Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) Jamie George (Saracens) Jamie Gibson (Leicester Tigers) Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) George Kruis (Saracens) Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) Luke Wallace (Harlequins) Alex Waller (Northampton Saints) Dave Ward (Harlequins) Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Backs (10) Miles Benjamin (Leicester Tigers) Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby) Elliot Daly (London Wasps) Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Simpson (London Wasps) Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby) Mathew Tait (Leicester Tigers) Tom Varndell (London Wasps)