North Midlands back row forward Ted Hill scored a try to help England Under-16s to an emphatic 34-0 win over Wales at the CCB Centre for Sporting Excellence in Caerphilly today.
Hill,who attends River School and plays his club rugby for Malvern, emulated his elder brother Max when he came off the bench to win his first cap. Max, of Worcester Sixth Form College and Malvern, was capped by England Counties Under-18s against Irish Clubs Under 18s at Hartpury College two weeks ago.
Hill was one of four North Midlands players in the triumphant England Under-16s side with hooker Beck Cutting (Bromsgrove School) in the starting side and front row forward Harrison Fowke (Bromsgrove School) and lock James Scott (Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School) also on the bench.
“The Welsh were very strong, so the score line probably isn’t reflective of the full eighty minutes. Up until half-time, they were on the front foot but we really stepped things up in the second half and pulled away in the final 20,” said England Under-16s coach Steve Shortland
“It was a real team effort with the forwards and backs combining in open play, and scoring some fantastic tries. The decisions between those who had a starting spot and those on the bench were very marginal, so we saw a real impact with players coming on. We powered on even more with their contribution.
“The players have developed in so many facets over the past few months and have been outstanding. Today is a great reward for all their efforts. It was the last weekend of this programme and I wanted them to really focus on those marginal gains that make them better players, and continue to build on their self-belief and confidence. I’m incredibly pleased with what I saw today.”