Hill aims to cap meteoric rise

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Chris Hill has had a fantastic debut season for Warrington after joining from Leigh

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Chris Hill has had a fantastic debut season for Warrington after joining from Leigh

Warrington prop sensation Chris Hill is urging Super League clubs to give other part-time Championship players the chance to break into the big time.

Hill has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since leaving Leigh at the end of last season, playing a key role in the Wolves' bid for the league and cup double and earning a call-up for England, and he believes there is an untapped source of raw talent below the elite that could follow in his footsteps.

He said: "There's a group of maybe 40 or 50 lads who can play in Super League. It's just getting the opportunity to get looked at. There is good talent down in the Championship and a lot of it does go unnoticed."

Hill added: "Going into a full-time environment improves your game no end."

As further evidence to support his argument, Hill can point to former Featherstone full-back Zak Hardaker, who will be lining up against him for Leeds in Saturday's Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Both youngsters were this week named in England coach Steve McNamara's 24-man squad for a training camp in South Africa and Hill is expected to make his international debut against Wales and France later this month.

"Playing for Warrington is the key for me at the minute," said Hill, whose consistency has earned him more game time than current England front rowers Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. "If anything falls off the back of that, it would be nice. I'd love to get selected for England."

Warrington are clear favourites to add the Super League crown to the Challenge Cup they won in August but the Rhinos have a remarkable record at Old Trafford, where they will be aiming for a fifth win in six seasons.

Hill says the Wolves must emulate the achievements of the reigning champions if they are to be considered one of the great clubs of the modern era and he admits their recent cup final win over them will count for little on Saturday.

"Wembley is all in past, it's done and dusted," he said. "Leeds are the play-off team, they can finish anywhere in that top eight and they are going to be there or thereabouts. They know how to play this rugby at this time of the year. It's something we've got to adapt to over the next couple of years, starting on Saturday."

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