Jones wants Hill to “play like an England player”

Ted Hill intends to heed the advice of England Head Coach Eddie Jones by playing like an England player for Warriors for the rest of the season.

Hill is back with Warriors having won his first England cap as a replacement in the victory over Japan in the recent Quilter International at Twickenham.

Hill, who is still a member of the Three Pears Warriors Academy, returned to club duty for last Friday’s Gallagher Premiership victory over Harlequins at Sixways where he produced another eye-catching performance.

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

Hill was first called up by England for their training camp in Portugal last month and was involved in the build-up to the last two matches of the autumn series, including last Saturday’s against Australia.

“It was a bit daunting at first but I quickly adapted and just tried to play my rugby which was what I was there for,” Hill said.

“It’s still quite early in my Premiership career but 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. But I do feel more relaxed definitely.”

Although Hill has already been capped by England at senior level he is still eligible to play international Under-20 rugby and he was named this week in an extended training squad alongside his Warriors team-mates Ollie Lawrence, James Scott and Kai Owen.

There is a World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Argentina at the end of the domestic season to look forward and, possibly, the Rugby World Cup in Japan next autumn.

“It’s a bit of a cliché but it really is one game at a time, that’s the way it is. The World Cup would be a dream and amazing. But it’s so far away and there are so many things coming up before that, first of all Gloucester at the weekend,” he said.

“After that we have got the European Challenge Cup, Six Nations with England if I am lucky enough to be involved in that. So there’s loads of stuff before that but that would be a dream come true if it was to happen.”