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Falcons Star Forced Into Retirement

Falcons Star Forced Into Retirement

Newcastle Falcons prop Scott Wilson has been forced to call time on his career at the age of just 24 due to a neck injury. Wilson sustained the injury during the Falcons’ defeat to Exeter in the Premiership play-off semi-finals last May and has now been advised by doctors to call it a day.

The former England Saxons star made his debut for Newcastle at just 18 years of age and he went on to rack up 80 appearances for the club, playing a major role in their promotion back to the Premiership in 2013 as well as their run to last season’s play-offs.

Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards admits it is a huge disappointment that Wilson has been forced into retirement although he knows it was the right call.

“It’s an enormous shame for him to have to retire at such a young age,” Richards was quoted as saying by the BBC. “But there is a bigger picture to consider from Scott’s point of view in regards to his long-term well-being. It wasn’t an easy moment when he broke the news to the rest of the squad.”

Wilson admits his doctor’s advice came as a “huge blow” but he fully intends to remain an avid supporter of the Falcons.

“I have now been told by the doctor that I have to retire, which is obviously a huge blow,” Wilson told the club website.

“One thing I do know is that I’ll always be a Newcastle Falcons fan, and I’ll be here in the stands at Kingston Park cheering on the lads like I used to do when I was a kid.”

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