WILSON ENTHUSED BY FALCONS’ FUTURE
Kendal-born Wilson, 24, has graduated from the Falcons academy ranks to become one of the first names on the team sheet with his professional approach to the game.
And speaking in the build-up to this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership clash with Saracens at Allianz Park, Wilson believes the club can push on to the next level.
“I really hope I’m a big part of this team going forward,” said Wilson who has started each of his side’s last five games in all competitions.
“Will Welch is our captain and recently reached his 100th game for the club and mine’s coming up now too.
“We know that in the squad we’ve got now there are a number of former academy players like Will [Welch] and myself, Alex Tait and Tom Catterick in the backs who have played a lot of games in a side which was struggling.
“That bodes well in having the right mentality and making sure we’re not in that position again.
“The Championship was a great year for me and I got a lot of game time against very experienced guys and in that division it’s about being street-wise.
“But playing against top players again it’s the physicality difference I’ve noticed, and as that’s a key part of my game it’s something I really enjoy,” added Wilson.
Wilson has done exactly that so far this term with his display at Worcester Warriors coming to the attention of all who watch the Premiership.
Conceding 110 points in six Premiership matches, the Falcons have proved a tough nut to crack in defence with their sheer power in the pack.
“We’ve got players in our back-row who have different kinds of niches,” said Wilson.
He added: “Obviously Dom is primarily second-row but can drop back to give us a different option at lineouts, while Richard Mayhew and Will really bring a physicality.
“I pride myself on my work-rate and then there’s Ally Hogg who is the most experienced guy in the middle, and is a great thinker and reader of the game.
“We’ve all got particular strengths which allow us to go into games and adapt to different tactics or styles wherever the coaching staff see fit – it’s a big plus point.”