Mark Wilson set for ‘dream’ start at No 8 for England against Springboks | Robert Kitson

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For a club sitting bottom of the Premiership this is proving a surprisingly satisfying few weeks for the coaches and players of Newcastle Falcons. In the past month in Europe they have beaten a brace of French giants, Toulon and Montpellier, and this weekend one of their favourite sons is finally set to run out at Twickenham as an England Test starter.

Mark Wilson has earned four previous caps but only one has been as a starting XV member and none have come on home soil. It makes his unexpected selection at No 8 against a strong Springbok side a significant moment, both personally and for everyone connected with the Falcons. English forward play is always better for a blast of northern soul.

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