Cumbrian rugby union ace Mark Wilson admits he has one eye on this year’s World Cup but, for now, is only focusing on matters with Newcastle Falcons.

Wilson will hope to keep impressing for England in 2019 after he won a Fans’ Player of the Series vote for the November internationals, ahead of the Six Nations and the World Cup in Japan which starts in September.

But after signing a new four-year deal with Newcastle last week, the former Penrith junior star said he was only looking at matters at Kingston Park at the moment with Newcastle bottom of the Gallagher Premiership.

"Every professional player has their eye on the World Cup but I can’t focus too much on that now,” he said.

“The Internationals have been incredible and it has given me a lot to think about but I also need to kick on.

"I need to be there for the Falcons and play to the best of my ability in the Heineken Champions Cup.”

On being voted the Man of the Series for Eddie Jones’ men following their November internationals against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia, Wilson said: “I’m truly humbled to have received the award.

"It’s truly a great honour. It puts a smile on my face, knowing that everyone at home is rooting for me. I want to keep making them proud.

"The highlight of the internationals was probably the first game against South Africa.

"My family was there and that made the whole day that much more special. 

"In time, I will be able to reflect back on that day with good memories.”