Newcastle Falcons prop Scott Wilson insists front-row teammate and role model Kieran Brookes deserves everything that comes his way.
Wilson and Brookes have formed a formidable front-row partnership at Kingston Park either side of Scott Lawson, and were instrumental in turning a 20-game winless streak into back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby victories for the Falcons.
Brookes was rewarded with his third Test cap for England against the All Blacks last weekend, and young-gun Wilson admits the 24-year-old has been a key influence on him at Newcastle.
“Kieran helps me out a lot,” said the 20-year-old. “He is the member of the team that I am trying to be like and push myself up to his level.
“He is definitely deserving of some game time for England as he’s been playing really well, especially against New Zealand when he came on and did well.
“He’s a good scrummager, a big ball carrier, and a man who can make some big hits so he will be a miss this weekend. But we’re a strong side and we’ll just try to do the best that we can.
“I’d definitely like to follow in his footsteps for England one day, but for now I’m just trying to push on, play hard, and do what I can to get there.
“I think it’s the aim of every rugby player in this country to play for England, so of course it is one of my long-term goals.
“It’s good playing with both Kieran and Scott in the front row. They have a lot of experience which they are feeding down to me, and so I’m still picking up a lot of stuff being young.
“Now we have formed a good partnership and it’s going really well.”
Wilson made his first Aviva Premiership Rugby start for Newcastle this season in the 35-10 defeat to Northampton Saints in Round 3 after appearing exclusively off the bench last season.
He said: “I’ve definitely been pleased with being selected as much as I have.
“Getting that first Premiership start was my first big target at the start of the season and I’ve ticked that box already, so I’m now hoping to keep my place and push on.
“It’s definitely all going as I’d want it to and I’m just trying to improve all the time and take on different challenges.
“We’re still very positive despite the LV= Cup losses. We’ve been playing well, but one or two little errors cost us a bit.
“We are certainly keen to sort that out against Bath. We need to get our consistency up and keep the ball longer. We know what we can do when we keep the ball and the wins will come.”
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