Scott Wilson is set to make his England Saxons bow in this Saturday’s test match against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm (kick-off 5pm).
The Newcastle Falcons prodigy starts on the bench for what is expected to be a physical encounter between the two sides.
Starting his rugby career with Berwick Rugby Club at the tender age of eight, Wilson has transformed himself into a top class tighthead prop who now has the rugby world at his feet.
Wilson was a focal part of the England’s Under-20s outfit that lifted the Junior World Cup last summer alongside current Falcon Dom Barrow.
RFU head of international player development Joe Lydon said: “The players in this squad have worked very hard in a short week and there will be a lot of tremendous talent from the Aviva Premiership on show this Saturday and against Scotland ‘A’ in Glasgow on Friday week. They’ve been helped by an outstanding contribution from the staff and coaching team led by Jon Callard, Simon Hardy and Paul Gustard.
“Players can make an immediate step from the Saxons into the senior side but we’re also looking at the development of those players with the longer term potential to push for places in England’s World Cup squads in 2015, 2019 and beyond.
“First and foremost though, we want to win against the Wolfhounds and Scotland ‘A’. The recent history of these games tells us it will be hard work against two fiercely competitive teams.”
England Saxons 15 Elliot Daly (London Wasps) 14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby) 13 Matt Hopper (Harlequins) 12 Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) 11 Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby) 10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby) 9 Joe Simpson (London Wasps) 1 Alex Waller (Northampton Saints) 2 Jamie George (Saracens) 3 Tom Mercey (Northampton Saints) 4 Charlie Matthews (Harlequins) 5 George Kruis (Saracens) 6 Calum Clark (Northampton Saints, captain) 7 Luke Wallace (Harlequins) 8 Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs)
Replacements 16 Dave Ward (Harlequins) 17 Nathan Catt (Bath Rugby) 18 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons) 19 Elliott Stooke (Gloucester Rugby) 20 Sam Dickinson (Northampton Saints) 21 Dave Lewis (Exeter Chiefs) 22 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) 23 Rob Miller (Sale Sharks)