WORCESTER Warriors flanker Ted Hill might be on a fast track to stardom in the game but he is refusing to forget his roots.

The 19-year-old back rower flew out to Portugal on Wednesday for a training camp with England ahead of next week’s Test against South Africa.

But before he packed his bags for his first involvement in Eddie Jones’ squad Hill went back to Malvern Rugby Club which he describes as his “second home”.

Worcester-born Hill began at Malvern in their under sixes age group and played all his rugby there before joining Warriors’ academy.

He accepted an invitation from Malvern director of rugby Rob Cook to coach the club’s colts team three months ago and was keen to fulfil his Tuesday night duties at Spring Lane this week.

“I have been coming here since I was very, very young,” Hill said.

“My dad was captain here and he brought me down when I was very young.

“It’s my second home and it’s developed me into the player I am.

“I have always come back and watched the first team when I can and the club means a great deal to me.

“During the summer Rob asked if I wanted to be involved with the colts doing some coaching.

“I snapped up the opportunity with it being my old club and it was a chance to give something back to them.”

Hill has been followed by his father Vince, mother Jan and elder brother Max, a former England Counties under 18s back-row forward who is now playing National League rugby for Loughborough University.

Vince Hill played for Metropolitan Police and county rugby for Middlesex as a lock before he moved to the Midlands and became a first-team regular at Malvern, captaining the club in the 2002-03 season.

“It has been a crazy week and a crazy season,” Vince said.

“We expected Ted to push on after his success at the World Rugby Under 20 Championship but it’s exceeded our wildest expectations.

“We are extremely proud of everything he has achieved as a player and as a person and the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch.

“He first came down here when I was playing. He started in the under sixes and progressed through the age groups.

“He’s had some superb coaching here and I remember Stuey Lucas, one of Ted’s coaches, presenting him with a trophy at the end of one season and saying that he expected him to play at the highest level.

“So Stuey had a keen eye for a bit of talent.”

Ted’s talent was also identified by former Warriors lock Nick Tisdale who was an influential figure in his early development and still coaches in Worcester’s academy.

“It’s testament to Ted that he still comes down to Malvern and works with the juniors,” Tisdale added.

“He’s not forgotten where he’s come from. He’s very humble and appreciates that you only get out of it what you put in.

“He’s an inspiration to youngsters and everyone else at the club but it’s not changed him one bit.”