As a former first captain at Sedbergh, Scott Wilson is following in the footsteps of the 33 full international players the school has produced, Phil Dowson of Northampton Saints being the most recent. Melrose-born Scott previously attended Eyemouth High School in the Scottish borders and is a member of the Newcastle Academy. His Falcons debut was against Cross Keys in the British & Irish Cup.
Scott, who qualifies for England through his Berwick-born mother, began playing at the age of six when he joined Berwick RFC and represented the North and England U16 and England U17 before wearing the No. 3 shirt for the U18 side and sharing in the 18-16 win over France at Fylde in February 2012. He also played against Scotland and then scored a try in both the final two matches of the FIRA/AER European Championship against Wales and Ireland that April.
With nine appearances in the ten England U20 games this year, Scott has established himself in the squad and his four starts in the IRB Junior World Championship were climaxed by the 23-15 victory over Wales in the final.
Veteran prop Micky Ward at the Falcons has given him valuable guidance about his scrummaging technique and Scott intends to “keep improving and enjoying the game”. A tour to South Africa with Sedbergh in the summer of 2011 broadened his experience.
His memorable matches include one for Berwick Colts. He said: “We were the underdogs against a good Hawick team in front of a stand full of their supporters but we won by two points.”
Originally a loose head, he has moved to tight head and most respects props Carl Hayman, of New Zealand and Scotland’s Euan Murray. Falcons Academy coach Mark Laycock was pleased to secure the services of Scott in December 2011.
Laycock said: “Despite following some big names here such as David Wilson, Hayman and Murray, he remains very level-headed and modest about where he is. Scott loves playing rugby, knows he has a lot to learn but most importantly he is prepared to roll up his sleeves and put in the work.”
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Last updated: June 26, 2013