Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Games in Three Days, but Wilson Desperate for Double

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Two Games in Three Days, but Wilson Desperate for Double

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STRAPPING Blaydon flanker Mark Wilson is desperate to help his side do the double over Tynedale on Sunday - provided his body can take two games in three days, writes NICK PUREWAL.

The powerful 20-year-old Northumbria University back-rower takes his place in the England Students line-up for tonight's Kingston Park clash with Irish Colleges (kick-off 7.30pm), alongside Crow Trees team-mate Andrew Archibald.

Cumbrian Wilson is in the second year of a Sports and Exercise Science degree, and has been ploughing through four rugby fronts this term, turning out for Northumbria, the Students, the Falcons and of course Blaydon.

The Swalwell men are gunning for a second straight win over Tynedale at Crow Trees on Sunday (kick-off 2pm), the game switched from Saturday given Tynedale have three men starting for England Counties against Irish Clubs in Stourbridge tonight (kick-off 7.30pm).

Tom Borthwick will give key men Joe Graham, Johnny Williams and Jack Harrison until the last minute to recover in time for Sunday, and Blaydon are primed to do the same with their Students pair.

Young loose forward Wilson has impressed in a number of first-team Falcons outings, and Alan Tait did not believe he was 20 when he trained with the squad for the first time in the summer, so sizeable is the hard-hitting flanker. Gearing up for a bumper weekend then, Wilson admitted he would not have his hectic schedule any other way.

"I'll have to see how I am on Saturday to be honest," he said. "If we play out here and it turns into a bit of a battle on the pitch then I'll have to see how the legs are and rest up as much as possible on Saturday. "But the derby's definitely something I'd love to be involved in again, because it's just the whole atmosphere, it's a great occasion, both sets of fans really get into it and I'd love to play.

"Tom has said he wants to get me involved, so fingers crossed I'll be fresh for that as well.

"It was great winning at Tynedale earlier in the season, that's obviously not something that happens that often for Blaydon, and dotting down for one too was pretty special. …

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