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Nottingham complete signing of New Zealander Brent Wilson

09 November 2011

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Nottingham complete signing of New Zealander Brent Wilson

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Former Newcastle Falcon Brent Wilson has completed a return to English rugby, signing an 18-month contract with Nottingham Rugby.

Wilson, a 6’3” flanker from Napier, returned to the UK last week after a spell back in New Zealand playing for provincial side North Harbour. He is familiar with these shores, having spent five seasons with Newcastle Falcons, between 2006 and 2010, but Wilson does not count as an overseas player due to his wife’s British passport.

The 30-year-old spent many of his younger days on the blindside flank, but is equally adept in the other back row positions. He joins an already strong back row, featuring Tonga’s Sione Kalamafoni, England U20 Alex Shaw, Scotland U20 Johnny Baird, England Counties Phil Eggleshaw and skipper Craig Hammond.

On completing the move Wilson said: "When the opportunity to return to England and join a successful team in the Championship arose, I was extremely interested. Having played premiership rugby for a number of seasons, I hope to be able to bring a bit of experience to Nottingham and help the team climb up the table to challenge for honours.

"I’ve spent a lot of time in England, both here and in Newcastle with the Falcons, and both my wife and I have enjoyed being here. So making the move was an obvious one for both of us and we are pleased to be settling into an environment we are happy with."

He's a proven leader – Delaney

Director of Rugby, Glenn Delaney commented: "Brent is a very experienced flanker, having had five years of playing for the Newcastle Falcons, as well as two spells at North Harbour. He’s a proven leader, and both the coaching staff and players are extremely pleased he’s joining the team."

Wilson began training on November 8 and will be hoping to be selected for the forthcoming British and Irish Cup match against Pontypridd at Meadow Lane on Sunday, November 13, kick off 3pm. The club is offering a special 2 for 1 ticket offer for all fans and members can receive a free ticket on presentation of their club card. Advance tickets can be purchased from the club by phoning 0115 9070070.