Ask Ted Hill what the greatest obstacle to his career was and he instantly turns a negative into a positive. “When I broke my shoulder, I thought it would halt my progress but it made me come back stronger.”
Since winning three caps on the England U18 tour of South Africa in August 2015, he has joined the U20 squad and played his first game at that level against Italy in Darlington in February 2017. He had also relished his U16 debut against Wales when he came off the bench and scored a try from deep in his own half.
Malvern Rugby Club was the proud recipient of England and Midlands shirts presented by Ted and his older brother Max at the annual dinner two seasons ago. It reflected their appreciation for what the club where their father Vince is a former captain, has done for them.
Ted studied for A-levels in philosophy, ethics, sociology and PE at Worcester Sixth Form College but also acknowledges the benefits he gained from his previous education at The River School in the city. He said: “Team sports were limited because the school is small and didn’t play rugby. The values instilled in me by the staff there have helped me to progress as a player and a person.”
Worcester-born Ted joined the Malvern club when six where he was coached by his father, together with Stu Lucas and Byron Williams. After that, Chim Gale and Nick Tisdale guided Ted at Worcester Warriors Academy from the age of 14 to 16, England women’s player Tamara Taylor nurtured him at Worcester County and Peter Walton oversaw his development with the England U18 squad.
Ted also represented England at U17 level. He said: “I think after being chosen for the U16 side my career has really taken off. I have moved forward well in the Worcester Warriors set-up and that has given me the confidence to believe I can go on to play professional and representative rugby.”
Sporting achievements in his family include Geoff Thomas, the cousin of his mother Jan, winning nine England caps at football and also playing for Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest. Ted’s best rugby-playing friends are his brother Max, who represented England Counties U18, Jacob Wrafter at Worcester AASE and Sam Moore, a fellow U18 tourist to South Africa. Former England captain Martin Johnson and actor Will Smith have been his role models.
His top film is A Beautiful Mind, a biographical drama about a mathematical genius starring Russell Crowe. Ted’s No.1 holiday spot is Biarritz “where we go every year” while Grey’s Anatomy is his favourite TV show. He also enjoys Skyrim.
2017: It(R), S(R)
2016 SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’(R), SA
Last updated: 12 January 2018