- DOB2 Mar 1995
Making the switch from Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie in 2015, Paul Hill made his debut in Black, Green and Gold against Worcester Warriors just a few months after arriving in Northampton.
German-born Hill attended Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley before kick-starting his professional career at Yorkshire – for whom debuted in 2014 – before signing on with Saints after a season in the Championship.
Just three months after donning a Saints shirt for the first time, the tighthead prop was called into the England squad for the 2016 Six Nations and made his international debut in Rome in that campaign.
Prior to his first Test cap for England, Paul had represented his country at Under-17s, Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-20s level – taking part part in two Junior World Championship finals, including the 21-20 win over South Africa in 2014.
After touring Australia with England in the summer of 2016, Hill's most rugby in a season to date came in the 2016/17 season, with the prop featuring in some 29 Saints games that term. And regular Saints appearances would continue, with 17 more added to Hill's tally the following season before his most successful season in a Saints shirt came in 2018/19.
Hill would help Saints to the knock-out stages of every competition that term – with the prop featuring in both Saints’ European Challenge Cup quarter-final and Gallagher Premiership semi-final, as well as picking up a Premiership Rugby Cup winners’ medal as he started the final against Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens, before featuring for England in a non-capped fixture against Barbarians in the summer of 2019.
The prop would hit his 100th Saints appearance in 2019/20, while also scoring his first ever points in a Saints shirt against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road – scoring an almost identical try to an effort that was chalked off at the same ground some four years previous.