THIS year is one most people will want to forget but it couldn’t be the opposite for rugby star Jonny Hill who will treasure his memories of 2020.
Former Luctonians player Hill followed up a domestic and European double with his club Exeter Chiefs by making his full England debut in Italy on Saturday, writes Michael Beardmore
And it was no normal debut either – Hill’s first cap just happening to coincide with England winning the Six Nations title courtesy of a 34-5 victory in Rome.
“The last three weeks have been very, very strange!” said after his international debut followed wins over Wasps in the Premiership final and French side Racing 92 in the European Champions Cup final.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing in finals and big games and winning an international cap – and for it all to finally come along has been brilliant,” added the 6ft 7in 26-year-old lock.
Hill admitted to nerves before his Red Rose debut and said he was “satisfied” with his performance but that there was “more to come”.
“My phone has been going crazy and it’s been nice to receive so many messages,” he said of the reaction back home.
“It was a good start but I think I can offer England a better performance,” added Hill.
“I want to be playing against the best players for as long as I can. I’m still only 26 and I feel as if I’ve got a lot more growth in me.”