Yorkshire Carnegie prop Paul Hill is hoping to finish his season on a high this Saturday as part of the England U20 squad that is aiming to win an unprecedented third world title in a row against New Zealand in Italy.

Hill, along with Carnegie team mate Jack Walker, were part of the England side that retained the title in New Zealand twelve months ago but now as one of the senior players in the group he hopes to play his part in another famous win on Saturday evening. There could be a third Carnegie player in the squad with back rower Josh Bainbridge also in the squad but he missed out on selection for the semi final victory. 
 
Looking ahead to the Final, he said, “Being the second Final appearance for most of us means we know what to expect after last year. New Zealand are a good team and an opponent this group of players has not played before in this tournament but we are really looking forward to the challenge. 
 
“Things have gone well so far in my own processes and I need to make sure that I don't change things this week. I need to make sure that I approach the game like it is any other and do the same preparations I would do, physically and mentally, as if it was any other match,” added the 20 year old.
 
Hill was a key player for England in their semi final win over a big South African outfit and he says he and his team mates will need to show the same level of intensity against New Zealand. He added, “South Africa had a big forward pack and we knew what to expect from them. They produced some big carries and had lots of weight in the strong so we knew we had to front up against them. It will be no different on Saturday”
 
Hill made twenty appearances in the front row this season for Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship despite still being a teenager and he admits that has given him confidence in his own ability. He added, “In terms of my own confidence, I think I am in a stronger position than this time last year. I now know what to expect in terms of intensity in the final and the build up to the game. Knowing what to expect is a massive advantage and I think that will stand us in good stead come the weekend. 
 
“It has been absolutely fantastic surrounded by a great group of lads and the spirit within the camp has been brilliant. 
It will be a little bit cooler on Saturday evening and that will certainly suit us a bit more than the conditions we faced against France earlier in the tournament. We have won it twice on the bounce, so to get back to the Final for a third consecutive Final is already something to be very proud of. We are looking to build on what has gone before us.
 
“It would be a great way to finish the season for me personally and tick that last box in the season,” added Hill. 
 
Hill is set to join Aviva Premiership outfit Northampton Saints next season so Saturday’s game will be the last time he lines up alongside Jack Walker in the front row. The two have played alongside each other since their school days at Prince Henry’s in Otley and come through the ranks at Yorkshire Carnegie together. He added, “I have played alongside Jack for a long while and it would be fantastic to finish on a massive high with him in the World Championship Final. Playing alongside him for so long means we have got to know each other very well. He knows how I work mentally and my style of play and equally we know what to say to each other on the pitch. Jack is an emotional leader and he knows how to motivate me and it has been fantastic to have him alongside me.”