Bath's David Wilson 'among world's best props' - Mike Ford
England's David Wilson is among the best tight-head props in the world, according to Bath head coach Mike Ford.
The 29-year-old is set to make his 100th appearance for the Premiership club in Friday's game with Saracens.
And speaking about the achievements of his first-choice number three, Ford told BBC Radio Bristol: "He's a world-class scrummager and is now England's number one.
"I'd put him in the top three tight-heads in the world."
South Shields-born Wilson started his career at Newcastle Falcons, making his debut against Bath in 2003.
He moved to the West Country in 2009 and earned the first of his 37 England caps in same year.
|Profile: David Wilson|
|Born: 9 April 1985 in South Shields||Position: Tight-head prop|
|Height: 1.85 m (6ft 1ins)||Weight: 19st 9lbs|
|Clubs: Newcastle Falcons, Bath||Honours: England, 37 caps|
|Premiership games: 126||Premiership tries: Five|
Wilson has now established himself as a regular in Stuart Lancaster's international squad, taking on the duties from injured Leicester prop Dan Cole.
And Ford said he sees Wilson improving every season: "The conditioning staff have got him incredibly fit. He's getting around the park like a spring chicken.
"The improvement we've seen is away from set piece, in terms of his tackling, his carrying and his clearing-out. His understanding of the game is very good.
"It's a great achievement for him to play 100 games on Friday night and hopefully he can enjoy it with a win."
Wilson has made 126 Premiership appearances during his career, but says his landmark century with Bath is a special personal achievement.
"100 games for anyone, let alone a team like Bath, is outstanding. I'm over the moon to be involved and to still be playing," he said.
"I'm privileged to be in a great place and when the team is playing well it does help your own performance.
"I came here to better myself, it seemed like a club on the up with big ambition. Over the past few years we've certainly fulfilled that ambition and still pressing hard to compete at the top."