WATCHING Worcester Warriors ace Ted Hill run out in an England jersey at Twickenham was a “mind-blowing” moment his family will never forget.

The 19-year-old flanker claimed his first international senior cap last weekend when he came off the bench in the 35-15 victory over Japan.

His dad Vince said it was “difficult to take all of it in” as he watched from the stands with Ted’s mum Jan and elder brother Max.

“It was just mind-blowing to know that he was going to be running out at Twickenham,” Vince said.

“And to see him come off the bench was beyond our wildest dreams.

“Myself, Jan and our eldest son Max were all together and there were 14 other family members and friends that were in the opposite stand.

“The feeling was just absolutely incredible.

“To see him standing there during the national anthem with the likes of Owen Farrell, George Ford and Dylan Hartley was unbelievable.”

Hill came on for the final six minutes and did not take long to make his presence felt as the 6ft 5in forward was at the heart of a driving maul that resulted in Hartley touching down for England’s last try.

“We only started to get nervous in the last 10 or 15 minutes when we thought he might not get his chance to go on,” Vince said.

“The game wasn’t the best from England and Japan were still pushing hard.

“But once he came on the tension went and we were fine.

“I thought he gave that pack a bit of oomph.

“We were waiting to see whether he would come up with his hands on the ball.

“But you can’t have everything!”


Worcester-born Ted was part of the youth set-up at Malvern, a club Vince used to captain during his playing days, before joining Warriors’ academy aged 14.

Ted burst onto the scene this season with a series of try-scoring showings that led to a surprise call-up for the autumn internationals.

But Vince said Ted, who represented England in the World Rugby U20 Championship this summer, had remained “fairly level-headed” throughout.

“It has been a crazy start to the season and a real leap forward for him but he has kept his feet on the ground,” Vince said.

“He was a little tense when he heard that he was on the bench.

“But the coaches put a lot of effort into him at the camp and come match-day he was the most relaxed of us all.”

After his England experience Ted, who attended River School Worcester and Worcester Sixth Form College, returned to Sixways and he is set to play a key role in his side’s season.

Vince added: “We always felt that Ted had potential to do really well.

“He is the consummate professional and always worked really hard at his game and physical conditioning.

“I don’t think there has been any other player that has risen so quickly through the ranks and got his cap.

“It is going to come with a bit of criticism from some quarters. People are going to say they are giving away caps too easily.

“But Ted has been in the England set-up for a long time. He has been with the under 16s, 18s and 20s and now the full set-up so they know what they are getting.

“Ted obviously fits the bill at the moment.”