Wilson puts down an international marker

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Scott Wilson came off the bench at half-time to make his England Saxons debut against O2 Ireland Wolfhounds at Gloucester on Saturday.

The Saxons are used by selectors as the breeding ground for Six Nations players of the future.

Wilson, who is 19, had previously won the Junior World Cup (U23s) with England in France last summer and this was his natural progression towards the seniors.

He qualifies for England via his mother and started his career as an 8 year-old at Berwick Rugby Club.

He worked his way through the Under 16s,18s and Colts sides at the club and has played in the England Under 18 and under 20s squad, the highlight of his career son far being his Junior World Cup win in 2013.

Wilson was initially named in a 25-man training squad, but missed out on selection for the starting XV against the Irish.

However, flying the flag for Newcastle Falcons, Wilson 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 a victory.

The former Berwick RFC and Falcons academy product, Wilson, who comes from Eyemouth, 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,” he said.

“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 Kingsholm 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.