Coming to England from his birthplace, Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, Germany, changed the life of Paul Hill. He first played rugby for the Doncaster Knights U7 team and was educated at the Hayfield School, Doncaster. His specialist subjects were English language, history and business and economics on top of his AASE programme at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley. He also studied English Literature at Leeds Beckett University.
A former member of the Yorkshire Carnegie Academy, he has developed into a powerful ball-carrier and destructive force at the breakdown and joined Northampton Saints for 2015/16. He represented England U16A, U17 and made his first U18 appearance in the starting side against Scotland at Darlington RFC in March 2013. He scored a maiden try in his fifth game in the FIRA/AER final when England beat France 27-22 in Grenoble. Paul played 19 times for the England U20 side and figured in two World Championship finals, including the 21-20 win over South Africa three years ago.
He scored his first U20 try against Scotland at Darlington Mowden Park in March last 2015, having also played for Yorkshire U15 and U16 and the North U16 sides. He then took the fast track into the England squad for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations Championship, after only nine Premiership appearances for the Saints. He has since taken that total to 36 games.
His favourite player is Dan Cole. So it was fitting that Paul came off the bench for Dan when making his Test debut against Italy in Rome in February last year. He was also on the field for the final 12 minutes of the Old Mutual Wealth Cup match against Wales at Twickenham at the end of May and pounced on a loose ball in the Brisbane Test a fortnight later to launch Danny Care in a move that led to Jack Nowell’s outstanding ‘team’ try. He missed the tour to Argentina this June because of a neck injury.
Those who have helped him to reach his high level of achievement are Mick Lowcock, the Doncaster Juniors coach and head coach through the U10 to U14 age groups, Danny Wild, at Yorkshire Carnegie in the U15 and U16 group and three Carnegie Junior Academy coaches – Andy Rock, Mark Luffman and Jon Pendlebury.
Paul has British citizenship through his father and Shane, Paul’s brother, has rugby links, while his sister Ella is a talented ballet dancer. Chess, working towards his degree and cooking are among Paul’s pastimes.
As for his career aims – in order of preference they are: professional rugby player first and English teacher second.
2016 It(R), W(R), A(1R,2R,3R)
Last updated: 3 June 2017