Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andrew Salutes Triple Call-Up for the Falcons

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Andrew Salutes Triple Call-Up for the Falcons

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Newcastle Falcons trio Hall Charlton, Jamie Noon and Jonny Wilkinson have been named in the England squad for November's Tests against Canada, Australia and South Africa.

Charlton's selection comes the day after his 25th birthday and the scrum-half said: "I'm thrilled at getting the call-up.

"I went down to train with the squad at Loughborough a couple of weeks ago and at the time (England coach) Andy Robinson said he was going to reduce that training squad to 40, so I'm very happy to have made it this far."

Charlton was involved with England when they played the Barbarians and he's climbed up the pecking order thanks to injury ruling out Kyran Bracken and Matt Dawson's fall from grace at No.9, plus his own improving form in Newcastle's Premiership and Heineken Cup games.

It's not the first time Charlton has been in the England squad but in the past he has been cut along with several others after the initial selection.

He said: "I've learnt from last year and have kept playing my own game although I know I have to work on aspects such as my kicking, which I'm in the process of doing.

"This season at the Falcons has been a great experience and the win at Newport last Saturday proved that we can win when our backs are against the wall. The coaches have really been emphasising mental toughness this season and hopefully that approach will continue to pay off for us."

Noon, also 25, would have expected to be in the squad after his summer with the Churchill Cup squad in Canada and being included in the England elite players list for some time.

This season, he has the added responsibility of being joint Falcons vice-captain with England Sevens star Phil Dowson and will be hoping to add to the five caps he has already won which include Tests against Wales and France.

Wilkinson was also named in the squad on the day that he collected his OBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace, after missing Saturday's Heineken Cup win at Newport Gwent Dragons through injury ( which may well keep him out of the opening game against Canada. …

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