Pocklington RUFC Colt Wilson's delight at England debut

England under-18s ace Lewis Wilson, right, with his Pocklington RUFC Colts teammate Nathan Smith
England under-18s ace Lewis Wilson, right, with his Pocklington RUFC Colts teammate Nathan Smith

Pocklington RUFC colt Lewis Wilson has spoken of his delight after making his long-awaited England debut.

The Pocklington School student made his bow for his country on Saturday when he played for the Red Rose under-18s against their great rivals, France, at Stade Moreau Desfarges, La Baule, Brittany.

Speaking to the Pocklington Post, Wilson said that he “thoroughly enjoyed the experience” and is hoping for more.

“It was quite surreal really,” he added.

“There were 4,000 fervent French supporters packed into the stadium and it was quite an atmosphere.

“It was great to get a run out for the last 30 minutes, but it was really physical.”

Despite a debilitating bout of tonsilitis on the eve of the game, Wilson, from Newton-upon-Derwent, came off the bench to take over at open side flanker for the last half hour of the match.

But his efforts were not enough to help England to victory as the home side came from 7-3 down to win 22-12, scoring two long-range tries in the final 10 minutes to clinch things.

Meanwhile, Wilson’s Colts teammate, Nathan Smith, is waiting in the wings to see if he gets a call up for England Counties under-18s.

Smith, from Pocklington, played in the back-row for the North in an epic encounter with the Midlands, which the Midlands edged 21-17.

After the divisional games England Counties selected a 24-man squad to go to Ireland at the end of March, with Smith named on the reserve list.