Versatile Wilson likes being centre of attention for Saints

HAPPY MAN - James Wilson celebrates the first of his two tries against Sale Sharks on Saturday (Picture: Linda Dawson)
HAPPY MAN - James Wilson celebrates the first of his two tries against Sale Sharks on Saturday (Picture: Linda Dawson)
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James Wilson admits he revelled in being the centre of attention in Saints’ superb win against Sale last Saturday.

The Kiwi came off the bench during the second half to score two tries in the 47-7 demolition of the Sharks at Franklin’s Gardens.

It was the first time Wilson, who replaced Tom May at 13, has been given a run out in a competitive Saints game at centre.

And he loved every minute of it, showcasing his intelligence and skill in a hugely impressive performance.

“I’ve been training a bit at centre and I played there a little bit for the Wanderers recently as well so I like it there,” Wilson said.

“I’m training well there and I’m pretty happy.

“I like that position. It’s something I’ve played over the past few seasons.

“Obviously I haven’t played there too much here yet, with Fodes (Ben Foden) being injured at the start of the season and me coming in at full-back, but it’s a bit of utility and I don’t mind that.”

Wilson did make an appearance at centre during the pre-season game at Edinburgh last summer and made a huge impact in the position.

He set up a try for Ken Pisi in the 54-3 triumph at Murrayfield and looked set to make the position his own this season.

He has gone on to get opportunities at full-back and on the wing, but Wilson admits he likes the centre role due to the amount of work he is able to get through.

“I played about 25 minutes in that one (at Edinburgh),” he recalled.

“I enjoy it because it’s a bit busier but I’m happy to play anywhere.”