Sale Sharks sign England flanker Wilson on loan

England flanker Mark Wilson has 13 caps, and will join-up with his new club Sale following the completion of the Rugby World Cup. David Rogers/Getty Images

England flanker Mark Wilson has joined Sale Sharks on a loan for next season from Newcastle Falcons, the club announced in a statement Tuesday.

Wilson, 29, will meet up with his new Sale teammates after the World Cup in October.

The 2014 Falcons' Player of the Year winner has 13 England caps, and has started nine of England's last 10 games.

"It's not often a current England International becomes available, so we jumped at the chance to loan him from the Falcons when the opportunity arose," Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said.

Wilson leaves his boyhood club following their last-place Premiership finish last season and subsequent relegation to the Championship.

"Playing Premiership rugby gives him the best possible chance of maintaining his place in the national squad, and as disappointing as it is to lose a player of his ability for a season we fully understand Mark's reasoning in reaching this decision," Falcons Director of Rugby Dean Richards said.

Wilson made 224 appearances for the Falcons, and will rejoin the club before the 2020-21 season.

Wilson said: "It's clear to see that the club is ambitious, with an outstanding group of players, and I'm really looking forward to working alongside them, and giving everything I can to help the club achieve its goals."

"For the time being I will be fully focused on the preparations for the World Cup and giving absolutely everything to help put the team in the best place possible for the tournament."