The DW will be bouncing, says Wiganer Hill

England's Chris Hill and New Zealand's Tohu Harris in London last Saturday
England's Chris Hill and New Zealand's Tohu Harris in London last Saturday

CHRIS Hill will be able to call on some home comforts this Saturday.

The prop has never pulled on the Cherry and White shirt but is a proud Wiganer, and is looking forward to the crunch third Test against New Zealand at the DW Stadium.

Hill – a former New Springs amateur – impressed in the 9-2 defeat at London’s Olympic Stadium last weekend which sent the series down to a decider in his home-town. And he is hoping the sell-out crowd will get behind Steve McNamara’s squad and help roar England to victory.

The Warrington Wolves front-rower said: “The DW is rocking with 14 or 15,000 on, and I’ve never played with 25 on, so it’ll feel like it’s bouncing this weekend.

“I enjoyed London, it’s our capital and we should take games there.

“The stadium is spanned out which might not have helped (with the atmosphere), if was a bit more neutral. At the DW they are all on top of you.”

Among the 25,000-capacity crowd will be some of Hill’s family and friends.

The ex-Leigh prop said: “My family are all Wiganers, my girlfriend’s mum and dad are Wigan fans, my brother is too.

“My own memories (of being a Wigan fan) are of going to Central Park, my gran was a steward and I sat on the wall watching them on.

“But it’s going to be a really passionate crowd.

“We wanted to get the job done last weekend – it could have gone either way and they got the win – but we’ve dusted ourselves down.

“It’d be disappointing (if we don’t win), we all know that. I want to finish the season on a high and go into the break on a high.

“If you can’t get up for any England game, you’re struggling.”

Liam Farrell – one of six of Warriors’ Grand Final team in the full England squad – this week labelled Hill as England’s in-form forward this autumn.

“That’s a matter of opinion. I’m my biggest critic – if I scored three tries and set three up, I’d still find fault in my game,” said the 28-year-old, who previously played for England at the DW during a World Cup quarter final against France two years ago.

He says their 9-2 loss last weekend has not dented their confidence.

“There’s been no nervousness this week,” he said. “Of course, before the game there’ll be the normal nerves – but if it was St Pat’s in the Challenge Cup I’d have those nerves, no disrespect.”