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Scott Wilson (W 10-12) Benefit Evening

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On January 31st, the Newcastle Falcons hosted a benefit evening in support of Scott Wilson, the prop-forward who was forced to retire from rugby this year at the age of just 24.

Newcastle Falcons squad, staff and supporters turned out in force on Thursday for Scott Wilson’s benefit night. The dinner was held at Kingston Park Stadium’s West Stand concourse, with Newcastle Falcons players helping to provide the entertainment on what was a fun-filled evening. Players and coaches took to the stage to entertain guests at the sold-out event at Kingston Park Stadium with a variety of musical and comedic acts.

Academy players waited on tables while executive director Mick Hogan compered an evening which showed both the club and the sport of rugby in their best possible light.

Scott played 80 first team games for the Falcons after coming through the club’s academy, and also represented the England Saxons before suffering a career-ending neck injury during the Premiership semi-final against Exeter Chiefs last May.

“It’s an enormous shame for him to have to retire at such a young age,” said director of rugby Dean Richards.

“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.”

The homegrown prop was forced to retire from rugby due to injury earlier in the season, with the Falcons Family uniting to raise funds for the popular forward as he approaches the next chapter of his life.

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Wilson joined Newcastle at the age of 15, helping them gain promotion from the Championship in 2012-13.

He played for the second-string England Saxons side before helping Falcons reach the Premiership play-offs for the first time last season.

“I’ve been playing rugby since I was six and my dream was always to play for Newcastle Falcons,” Wilson told the club website.

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

“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.”

For more information please see the following articles from BBC News and the Newcastle Falcons.