Worcester Warriors have made a statement of intent by securing the services of England international Ted Hill, who has signed his first first-team contract.
The 19-year-old back row, who is a product of the Warriors AASE programme and the Three Pears Warriors Academy, has been a revelation this season, making his full England debut in November – just eight weeks after appearing in the Gallagher Premiership for the first time.
Hill’s Premiership debut came at the end of September as he came on as a replacement against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road and scored two tries as Warriors secured a famous victory.
He has since become a first-team regular and has helped Warriors enjoy one of their best-ever starts to a Premiership season.
Hill said: “This is my home Club so I am delighted to have signed a first-team contract. We have a very exciting journey ahead of us and I am really excited to be part of that.
“I have worked with some exceptional people during my time at the Club and I have enjoyed being out there on the pitch this season.
“The Club have helped me become an England international and my focus now is on working as hard as I can to help us move up the Premiership table.”
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons said: “Ted is a terrific young player who has shown maturity beyond his years.
“He has a fantastic attitude in training and this comes through on matchday. He has made swift progress since debuting against Leicester at Welford Road and is now a first-team regular.
“Ted thoroughly deserved his England call-up and it is a tribute to him that he has made his international debut at the tender age of 19. He is an integral part of what we are building at Sixways.”
Hill, who hails from Malvern, made his Warriors debut against Sale Sharks in November 2017 and has gone on to make ten first-team appearances.
He made his England debut in November’s autumn international against Japan at Twickenham, having represented his country from Under 16 to Under 20 levels.
At the age of just 17 he was part of the England Under 20s squad which won the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2017.