Ted Hill: England international signs first Worcester Warriors first team contract

Ted Hill's Worcester debut in the win at Leicester earned him two tries and a hug and a kiss from mum
Ted Hill's Worcester debut in the win at Leicester earned him two tries and a hug and a kiss from mum

England's latest international Ted Hill has signed his first Worcester contract, 17 days after the highly-rated teenager earned his first cap.

The 19-year-old back-row forward has made a real impact since marking his debut at Leicester in September with a match-winning second try of the game.

That helped to earn the flanker an England call as a late replacement against Japan on 17 November.

"He's got a very good physique. Big, rangy and tough," said Eddie Jones.

"We got him into the squad in Portugal," the England coach told BBC Sport. "He impressed everyone with his demeanour.

"He didn't get fazed. He has made that transition quite easily. He reminds me of a New Zealand number six."

Worcester director of rugby Alan Solomons said: "I can understand Eddie wanting to give him that opportunity, so I'm not entirely surprised.

"He'll be the better for the experience of working in the England camp and actually being involved in the Test match 23, even though he only got a short cameo,

"Ted is a terrific young player who has shown maturity beyond his years. He has a fantastic attitude in training and this comes through on matchday.

"He has made swift progress since his debut against Leicester at Welford Road and is now a first-team regular."

Playing for England was 'surreal'

Ted Hill's first appearance as an England international was the final six minutes against Japan at Twickenham on 17 November
Ted Hill's first appearance as an England international was the final six minutes against Japan at Twickenham on 17 November

Hill has still only made three Premiership starts in his 10 first-team appearances. But, having created so many headlines so quickly, it makes sound business sense for Warriors to sign up the Malvern-born, Worcester-educated Warriors academy product on this undisclosed-length deal.

"This is my home club," said Hill. "So I am delighted to have signed a first-team contract. We have a very exciting journey ahead of us and I am really excited to be part of that.

"I have worked with some exceptional people during my time at the club and I have enjoyed being out there on the pitch this season.

"The club have helped me become an England international. It was a massive honour to be invited into the training camps. And it was like the cherry on the top to play against Japan.

"Surreal is the word. Standing there for the anthem, looking out and seeing the family was a crazy moment. An amazing experience.

"It was daunting meeting all those guys who you've only seen on TV before.

"Eddie Jones said to me to just go back to Warriors and keep carrying well and keep tackling well. The main bit of advice was to go back and play like an England player.

"There is definitely a calmness going into games now and that comes from being around the best in the country. That's the natural thing to happen.

"It doesn't take away from the fact that the Premiership is a brutal league so you can't be too relaxed otherwise people will snap you out of it."