Team news: Wilson returns against Edinburgh

Thursday 24 August 2017 Written by: Adam

Winning his first two international caps in England’s 2-0 series win in Argentina back in June, Wilson returns at blind-side flanker for a Falcons side who have beaten Doncaster Knights (31-8), Nottingham (49-19) and Rotherham Titans (59-14).

Newcastle were 26-21 winners when they last met Edinburgh at the same stage last season, and go into the Melrose clash with Will Welch once again captaining the side from the open-side flank.

Nili Latu completes the back row, Scotsman Jon Welsh packing down at tight-head prop in a forward pack which sees former Jedforest man Glen Young returning to his homeland.

Sonatane Takulua and Toby Flood form the half-back partnership for the second week in succession, Juan Pablo Socino paired with Chris Harris in the centres.

Scotsmen Ally Hogg and Scott Lawson are both included on a 12-man bench which also sees a place for Josh Matavesi, the Fijian international centre who joined from Ospreys over the summer.

Tickets for the match are priced £10 adults and £5 concessions from the Melrose club office, or online by [**clicking here**][1]. Free parking is offered at Melrose’s Annay Road pitches.

**Newcastle Falcons team to face Edinburgh (Friday, 6pm, the Greenyards, Melrose)**

15 Simon Hammersley

14 Belisario Agulla

13 Chris Harris

12 Juan Pablo Socino

11 Sinoti Sinoti

10 Toby Flood

9 Sonatane Takulua

1 Rob Vickers

2 Kyle Cooper

3 Jon Welsh

4 Will Witty

5 Glen Young

6 Mark Wilson

7 Will Welch (captain)

8 Nili Latu


16 Scott Lawson

17 Santiago Socino

18 Sami Mavinga

19 Calum Green

20 Callum Chick

21 Sam Stuart

22 Joel Hodgson

23 Alex Tait

[BLANK] Trevor Davison

[BLANK] Ally Hogg

[BLANK] Josh Matavesi