Cumbria's Newcastle Falcons flanker set to make England debut

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England bow: Cumbria's Mark Wilson set to face Argentina
England bow: Cumbria's Mark Wilson set to face Argentina

Cumbria's Newcastle Falcons flanker Mark Wilson is set to make his England debut tonight.

Wilson, who was born in Kendal but began his Junior rugby career in Penrith, will win his first cap after being named in Eddie Jones' side to face Argentina in San Juan, kick-off 8.15pm.

The 27-year-old, whose previous two outings for Jones' team have come in uncapped fixtures against the Barbarians, earned his place on the tour to South America after shining from the bench in the second of those games, a 28-14 win at Twickenham last month.

He enjoyed a stellar 2016/17 season, topping the Aviva Premiership tackle count for the third season in succession and made his way on to the shortlist for Premiership player of the season.

Sale Sharks teenager Tom Curry, Exeter's Harry Williams and Saracens' Alex Lozowski also are due to make their first starts.

"I’m really excited about this England team to face Argentina this weekend," England head coach Jones said on his team selection.

"I have selected a group of experienced players across the spine of this team as well as four young players who will be eager to go out and play well on their debuts for England.

“Those players have worked extremely hard to get selected over the last few weeks, but I have been impressed with the way the whole squad has trained and gelled together in a short amount of time.

"They all realise the opportunity that they have to be involved in this England side and I’m sure they will show that commitment.

“We are here to win this series 2-0 but we know Argentina will be extremely tough opposition.

"After a mixed year of results, there will be pressure on them to play well and win in front of a partisan crowd.

"We know Argentina are a very good side, having played them earlier this season and they will be desperate to win against us."

England's second test against Argentina will take place next Saturday.

Carlisle's Chris Harris also plays with Wilson at Falcons, with Gary Graham set to join the pair in time for next season to make-up a trio of Cumbrians.

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