Scott Wilson came off the bench at half-time to make his England Saxons debut against O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at a partisan Kingsholm on Saturday.
Flying the flag for Newcastle Falcons, Wilson, 19, was introduced at the break with the Saxons trailing 14-5. And despite a Freddie Burns penalty reducing the deficit to 14-8 with a quarter-of-an-hour to play, Wilson was unable to launch his England career with victory.
The former Berwick RFC and Falcons academy product never put a foot wrong and looked comfortable when packing down.
“It was a great experience to play at that level, and I’m absolutely honoured to have been capped by England,” said Wilson.
“I thought I went well when I came on and the scrums were good – I hope that I get another opportunity, and that I can continue to develop and improve,” he added.
An 8,000 plus strong crowd turned out in force at the home of Gloucester Rugby as the West Country folk got a glimpse of the next generation of stars coming off the England production line.
Wilson said: “The atmosphere inside Kingsholm was fantastic and The Shed was making a lot of noise which made the occasion special. It was just a shame that we didn’t get the result that we wanted.”
Tries in the first half by Leinster half-back pairing Isaac Boss and Ian Madigan ensured the Wolfhounds secured a hard-fought triumph. Whilst Wilson was on the field for the second period the Saxons did not concede a single point, and a late resurgence following Burns’ penalty success almost produced a match-winning try in the form of Elliot Daly who was held up short.