Back row bruiser Hill enjoying steep climb
ENGLAND teenage protege Ted Hill is determined not to be a ‘one-cap wonder’ as he aims to ramp-up his World Cup prospects by firing Worcester’s bid for success.
Hill, 19, made his topflight debut against Leicester only in September after starring for England U20s in the summer, but that did not stop Red Rose boss Eddie Jones picking the bullocking back row for his November squad before handing him a Test debut against Japan.
The Warriors academy product said: “It’s been crazy and there’s a lot of stuff I can get better at, but on a personal note it’s been an exciting few months from playing in the U20s World Cup final to training and then playing for England.
“It was mad to be even named in that initial training squad so soon after playing my first few Premiership games, but Eddie just told me to learn as much as I could and then show him what I could do.”
The 6ft 5in and 17st 9lb (112kg) flanker added: “Eddie didn’t go into a lot of depth over why he’d picked me but he’d been pleased with what he’d seen from me and saw some potential. There’s huge back row competition but hopefully he’ll continue to do that and I can keep playing well at the club.”
Hill added: “To be with the best people in the country was an amazing experience and then to be named for that Japan game and actually get on was even more crazy. Singing the anthem, running on the pitch and then getting my cap seems surreal even now.
“It’s all still sinking in but I can’t linger on it too much because there’s so much stuff to get on with.”
With improving Worcester well placed for a top six challenge under Alan Solomons, Hill says: “There’s a lot of confidence at the moment and we know as a group what we’re capable of and how we can go about getting there.
“My goals are pretty similar: I want to impress at Worcester, show what I can do and keep improving because I’m nowhere near achieving my potential yet.
“With the guys I’m around at Worcester, there’s definitely the scope to do that this season.”
Hill spent his formative years at Malvern RFC and will not be forsaking his roots. He explained: “I got a couple of shirts from the Japan game so I’ll probably keep one and give the other one to Malvern, where I played all my junior rugby.
“They started me off and supported me and I still do some coaching with the Colts there, so it’s always nice to get back each week and see some familiar faces.”
England bolter: Ted Hill in action for Worcester against Leicester