Jonny Hill

About Jonny
DOB 08/06/1994
Born Ludlow
Height 6ft 7in / 2.01m
Weight 17st 6lbs / 112kg

Position Lock
Total Appearances 110
Total Tries 29
Total Points 145
Previous Club Gloucester
Honours British & Irish Lions, England, England U20s

When his college application fell apart Jonny Hill was forced into an unexpected gap year – but it proved a vital step to an unlikely rugby career.

Hill had tried his hand at rugby in his youth – he joined local club Luctonians at nine – but football soon took over. However, at the end of his time at Ludlow School, Hill renewed his interest in the sport – just in time for what was to follow. His application for Worcester College fell through and he had to take a year out.

Determined to keep busy - and encouraged by colts coach Simon Green-Price - Hill returned to Luctonians. Following some encouraging performances, the 17-year-old was encouraged by Green-Price to turn up to a walk-up trial at nearby Hartpury College.

Hill was an instant hit and within a few months he was a first-team regular at the National League Two South side and on Gloucester’s radar.

He spent two seasons playing with Hartpury College and also had two run-outs for Gloucester in the LV= Cup. His form also brought him into the England Under-20s set-up, where he featured twice until an ankle injury brought his career to a halt.

With his contract at Kingsholm drawing to a close, the Ludlow-born youngster switched his attentions to Devon to further his career. Already known to forwards coach Rob Hunter, Hill quickly settled into his new surroundings at Sandy Park and made his first team debut in January 2016, coming off the bench against his former club.

Now, with over 100 games for the club, Hill's on-field form was rewarded by not only helping the Exeter Chiefs to double success in the 2019/20 season, but a first Test cap for England in the Six Nations Championship. He impressed on debut for Eddie Jones' side and added to his tally of caps during the subsequent Autumn Nations Cup.

Such was his form at Test level, Hill was one of four Chiefs players named by British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland for the summer to South Africa. Although he didn't feature in any of the three test matches, he did feature in a number of the warm-up fixtures against some of South Africa's leading club sides.

Season Stats
  • Minutes Played536
  • Points10
  • Tries2
  • Conversions0
  • Conversions Missed0
  • Penalty Goals0
  • Penalty Goals Missed0
  • Drop Goals0
  • Drop Goals Missed0
  • Carries56
  • Metres Gained148
  • Average Gain2.64
  • Clean Breaks4
  • Defenders Beaten9
  • Offloads3
  • Try Assists0
  • Passes38
  • Kicks In Play3
  • Tackles62
  • Tackles Missed14
  • Turnovers Won0
  • Turnovers Conceded8
  • Yellow Cards1
  • Red Cards0
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