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Mark Wilson has been forced to retire

by Saba Gulmagarashvili


Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Captain and England international has retired from rugby.

The 32-year-old, who came through the club’s development and played 237 games for the team, scored 42 tries commented:

“I’ve taken the decision to retire from rugby. It’s a decision that’s been hard to make, but it’s the right one for me and my family right now.”

“I’ve been involved with the Falcons since I was a 14-year-old coming over from Kendal for academy training, and I’ve got some amazing memories. You never really know how you’re going to end your career, but for me, this is my time to call it a day.”

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Wilson, a Cumbrian back-rower, carried on the Falcons’ historic tradition of developing their own players, climbing through the ranks to become a double centurion and represent his country at the highest level of the game.

In addition to being a Newcastle Falcons legend, the Cumbrian earned 23 England caps between 2017 and 2021, appearing in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final and winning the 2020 Six Nations Championship.

After making one appearance off the bench this season due to a knee procedure, he said:

“My injury has made me re-assess where I’m at from a career point of view.”

“That has been in the background and been in my thoughts quite a lot, and whilst it hasn’t been the case that the injury has physically ended my career in its own right, it’s certainly been one of the main things which has added to my decision.”

“That has been in the background and been in my thoughts quite a lot, and whilst it hasn’t been the case that the injury has physically ended my career in its own right, it’s certainly been one of the main things which has added to my decision.”

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