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.”
At the age of just 19, Hill made his England debut as a replacement against Japan.
Ted had been on the England radar throughout his younger years, ever since his U16 debut against Wales when he came off the bench and scored a try from deep in his own half.
After winning three caps on the England U18 tour of South Africa in 2015, he joined the U20 squad and played his first game at that level against Italy in 2017.
The Worcester Warrior, who scored a hat trick on his Premiership debut in September 2018, impressed with all-action displays at blindside flanker in the England U20s side that reached the final of the World Rugby U20 Championships in June 2018.
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, who also represented England at U17 level, 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 run through his family with Geoff Thomas – winner of nine England football caps and also playing for Crystal Palace, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest – the cousin of his mother Jan.
2018: JPN (R)
2017 It(R), S(R) 2018 W(R), S, F(R), I, SA, World Championship - A, S, SA, F
2016 SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’(R), SA
Last updated: 18 January 2019