|Weight||115kg (18st 1lb)|
Coming to England from his birthplace, Aschaffenburg in Bavaria, Germany, changed the life of Paul Hill, who first played rugby for the Doncaster Knights U7 team. Initially educated at Misterton Primary School and the Hayfield School, Doncaster, he has been studying English language, history and business and economics on top of his AASE programme at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley.
A member of the Leeds Carnegie Academy, he represented England U16A, U17 and made his first appearance at U18 level in the starting side against Scotland at Darlington RFC in March last year. He scored a maiden try in his fifth game at that level in the 2013 FIRA/AER final when England beat France 27-22 in Grenoble and appeared in all five matches in the 2014 U20 Six Nations Championship. Paul has also played for Yorkshire U15 and U16 and the North U16 side.
Those who have helped him to reach his high level of achievement are Mick Lowcock, the Doncaster Juniors coach and head coach through the U10 to U14 age groups and Danny Wild, at Leeds Carnegie in the U15 and U16 group and three Carnegie Junior Academy coaches Andy Rock, Mark Luffman and Jon Pendlebury.
Paul has British citizenship – his father is British – and Shane, Paul’s brother, has rugby links, while his sister Ella is a talented ballet dancer. Squash, table tennis and shooting are among Paul’s pastimes and his favourite players are Nicolas Mas, Carl Hayman, Dan Cole and Tendai Mtawarira.
As for his career aims – in order of preference they are: professional rugby player, English teacher and speech therapist.
U20 International Record
2014 F, S, I(R), W(R), It(R) World Championship – It, A, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014