After returning to Sixways from his summer break back-row Ted Hill talks about Argentina, leadership and personal targets.
Ted, how has your summer been?
It has been nice to have some time off – I was able to have a relaxing time away from Sixways. I went to Cyprus for a week with my girlfriend, it was very hot so I was in the pool a lot. I also went to the Lake District with some friends and spent time with the family –nothing too crazy!
How was the tour to Argentina with the England U20s this summer?
It was a really good experience. We’ve got a good group and didn’t perform to the potential we can but it was another chance to see a different country and play against players from other parts of the world.
You bagged a few tries in the tournament, you seem to have a good record of scoring in every competition!
It’s a cliche but it’s the guys around you who give you the opportunities to score. I try to put myself in the positions to get the tries and it’s something I obviously enjoy!
You were there with Kai Owen on his first tour, was it enjoyable to be with another teammate?
Yes, I think Kai did well and had a good tour. He showed what he can do and it was good to be out there with another Warrior and a familiar face. I think he is really starting to prove himself.
What was it like as a place to visit?
It was my first time over there and it was a great trip . It was very interesting to go to South America – there were some lovely parts. We stayed in Rosario for our second stop and there were some nice places to visit.
You and Will Butler are now part of the leadership group, what does that involve?
There are a group of us who get together and talk about what’s happening in the squad and bring clarity. I haven’t been involved in too many meetings so far as I’ve just got back but it’s good for me and Will to get that experience.
You’ve been captain for Warriors U18s and England U20s so does it feel like a natural progression?
Yes but it’s important to remember that leadership isn’t just about the captain. You need lots of leaders on the pitch and players like Marco Mama and Ryan Mills can help out and provide insight.
Talk us through the first block of pre-season?
This is my first week back but I know the boys have been working really hard. It’s been tough for me in these first few days but I’ve been trying to keep on top of it over the summer to make sure I didn’t come back in bad shape.
What have you made of the new signings?
There are some really nice guys and they have slotted straight in. It looks like we’ve got a really good balanced squad for the coming year so we can’t wait to start.
Do you have any personal targets?
I want to push myself as hard as I can this pre-season and not just ‘get through’ it. I want to strive to better myself whether it is fitness or skills. My goal for the season is to be playing as much as possible and show everyone what I can do.