Hill named in England’s Six Nations squad

Warriors flanker Ted Hill has been named in England’s 34-man squad for the forthcoming Guinness Six Nations.

Hill, 20, has already been capped by England as a replacement against Japan at Twickenham in November 2018 and returns to Eddie Jones’ senior squad having impressed with England Under-20s in the World Rugby Junior Championship in Argentina last summer.

The blindside is a product of the Three Pears Warriors Academy and recently committed himself to Warriors until the end of the 2021/22 season having signed a two-year contract extension.

“The Guinness Six Nations for us is all about raising the standards in terms of the way we prepare, tactically and physically how we play the game, and the way we come together off the field,” said England Head Coach Jones.

“But our first task is beating France in France and that is the only game we need to worry about. We will begin our preparations in Portugal, get a bit of sun, some warm conditions and get ourselves physically and mentally right for the game.

“The first three days will be about getting organised. We have got players from 11 clubs so we need to get everyone on the same page quickly, spend a lot of time working on our togetherness and then by Tuesday next week we are in Test preparation for France.

“It is always about winning the next game so we have picked the best squad available. At the same time we wanted to bring some young players in because we need to keep building our depth so for those new players it is an exciting opportunity for them.”

England will assemble at Pennyhill Park on Wednesday and travel to Portugal on Thursday ahead of their first match against France in Paris on February 2.