NEWCASTLE Falcons have secured the services of bright young prospect Scott Wilson.
The tight-head prop, who has come through the club’s Academy and has already played for the Falcons A team, will start his professional career at the start of the 2012/13 season once he has completed his A-level studies at school.
The Scottish-born youngster, who is captain of Sedbergh School as well as playing for Berwick RFC, has represented the Scotland Schools Athletics team as well as playing rugby for England at under-16 and 17 level.
Academy coach Mark Laycock is delighted that the Falcons have secured the services of the England under-18 squad member.
wilson recently completed a training camp in Leeds ahead of their international campaign next spring. Laycock said: “Scott has been a member of our academy since he was 14 and has taken big strides towards becoming an outstanding young player.
“He has played for the various Newcastle Falcons age group teams along his development path and currently joins in training with the first team when he is not at boarding school.
“Despite following in the footsteps of some big names such as David Wilson, Carl Hayman and Euan Murray, Scott remains very level-headed and modest about where he is.
“He loves playing rugby and knows he still has a lot to learn as a tight-head prop, but most importantly he is prepared to roll his sleeves up and put the work in.” The news comes on the back of the Mayhew brothers pledging their future to Kingston Park.
Falcons boss Alan Tait said: “It is a massive boost for a club like Newcastle to secure one of England’s most up and coming young players on a long-term deal.
“To lose Kieran Brookes last season was a big blow to us, and not many clubs would be able to replace their young tight-head prop in such a short space of time.
“We have now signed someone who is equally if not better than the players who have gone before him.
“He has a great attitude and a real hunger to pull on the Falcons jersey and that is what we expect from our academy players.”
ENGLAND lock Courtney Lawes has signed a new deal with Northampton that will keep him at Franklin’s Gardens until 2015. Lawes, who has 13 England caps, helped Northampton win the European Challenge Cup in 2009 and last year’s LV= Cup after making his debut against Esher four years ago.
Northampton finished runners-up in the Heineken Cup last season and director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes retaining players like Lawes is key to continue competing for major trophies.
“Securing the signatures of players like Courtney for three years is very important for us as we look to make the next step up as a club,” Mallinder said.
“Courtney is still maturing and learning as a player, but he has shown, even at just 22 years of age, that he has all the things you need to succeed.”