Cider, farming, and netball – there’s plenty to discover about the Exeter man
Who is Jonny Hill: Ten things you need to know about the England lock
Hill was a key figure in Exeter’s double-winning 2019-20 season, forming a formidable partnership with Scottish international Jonny Gray. Here are ten more facts about the second-row.
Ten things you need to know about Jonny Hill
1. Jonny Hill was born on 8 June 1994 in Ludlow, a small town in Shropshire.
2. He stands 6ft 7in tall, making him the tallest player in the 2021 British & Irish Lions squad alongside Courtney Lawes.
3. Growing up in farming country, his family are livestock dealers – a path Hill likely would have taken if the rugby career hadn’t worked out.
4. Alongside several team-mates, including Sam Simmonds, Hill helps to produce Rib Tickler cider. All local profits go to the Exeter Foundation, all profits from outside the area are sent to the Wooden Spoon charity.
5. His uncle, Paul Loughlin, used to play rugby league for Great Britain as a centre.
6. Hill was taken on England’s 2018 tour of South Africa, but remained as an unused replacement throughout the series.
7. In August 2020, he scored his first professional hat-trick – making him the first second-row since Simon Shaw in 2003 to achieve the feat in the Premiership.
9. His initiation song after being capped was American Pie by Don McLean.
10. Girlfriend Sarah Llewelyn has played netball internationally for Wales. She is a goal attack.
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