Hill’s England nod

Knights youth star Paul Hill.
Knights youth star Paul Hill.

DONCASTER Knights junior star Paul Hill has once again been selected to play representative rugby for England.

The 16-year-old was first called up for England duty last year when he was chosen as part of the Under 16 squad.

And the former Hayfield School pupil has maintained his excellent performances to land a place in the England Under 17 Academy, an elite development path for young players separate from the schoolboy sides at U16 and U18 level.

Tight head prop Hill has played for the Knights youth set up right to Under 17 level and still turns out for the Colts XV despite being a member of the Leeds Carnegie Academy for the last two years.

After leaving Hayfield, Hill won a place on an advanced apprenticeship in sporting excellence scheme at Prince Henry Grammar School in Otley.

Hill remains hopeful of catching the eye of Knights director of rugby Brett Davey to secure a professional rugby career.

He said: “I like playing Colts rugby for Donny because of the amazing team spirit that develops when you play with the same group of lads for years.

“They become more than team-mates, they’re all good friends.

“No matter what the standard, rugby should be about enjoyment.

“Even though I would love to play for the England senior squad one day, I do have another ambition – to play at tight-head against my neighbour, Paul Beech, who plays for the Doncaster Dragons veterans’ side.”