"Yeah I was really happy when I got told I was getting the start. I can't say I was expecting it too much to be honest but I'm really delighted.
"Going to Italy we know that the Championship isn't in our hands after the loss to France in Round One, but we have to go out in Rome and give it everything to get the win and hope the French slip up and that Ireland can do us a favour. Then we'll see where we are from that.
"I'm expecting the Italians to be aggressive, passionate and it will be a really tough environment. The home crowd gets behind them and I am looking forward to the experience, as these hostile places are things you have to get used to.
"It's a shame that we haven't got France still to play, as we are the best team in the competition on current form and it's so frustrating that we lost in the first round of games. Our first game of the Rugby World Cup is against Italy and the game gives us an opportunity to take them on, get a big boost and see what they are about"
His U20s debut has been delayed by a few months, whose involvement in the previous selection was curtailed by an ankle injury suffered in the A League playing for Gloucester United.
"That was a really gutting time for me, but that is the thing with sport. These things happen and it's what you sign up for. I'm on a big up right now, and I am really challenging myself to excel and impress."
Billy Burns and Ross Moriarty have started all the games so far this year for the Under 20s but, for the game against the Italians, they will start amongst the replacements. Hill explains that having some familiar faces in the squad makes him feel more at home.
"It's clear from some of the lads in the Gloucester squad that playing for the Under 20s and age groups is a vital part of our development. I've had a few messages from lads like Stookie and he's wished me well because, this time last year, he was in my shoes so it's clear what can be done.
"With Billy (Burns) and Ross (Moriarty) in the squad it's good for me in my first involvement in the squad. We're a tight knit and honest squad and to have some familiar faces in camp with me means it's good to feel comfortable with the environment and be able to concentrate on the rugby."
With the Junior World Championship on the horizon during the summer, Hill is targeting a lot of hard work to secure his seat on the plane to New Zealand as the English seek to retain their title achieved in France in 2013.
"New Zealand is the country of rugby. If I could be involved in the World Cup then it would be massive for me, we are the defending champs as well.
"But, for now, I'm not getting ahead of myself and just concentrating hard on my own game - it's all about hard work for Gloucester, Hartpury and with the boys with England.
"The 20s is a big stepping stone as it gives you the feel for the environment, but you have to keep working hard to get where you want to be."
England Under 20s squad to take on Italy at the Stadio Peroni
15 Aaron Morris (Bedford Blues)
14 Howard Packman (Northampton Saints)
13 Nick Tompkins (Saracens)
12 Harry Sloan (Harlequins)
11 Nathan Earle (Saracens)
10 Sam Olver (Northampton Saints)
9 Henry Taylor (Loughborough University)
1 Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi (Northampton Saints)
2 Harry Thacker (Leicester Tigers)
3 Scott Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
4 Tom Ellis (Bath Rugby)
5 Jonny Hill (Gloucester Rugby)
6 Maro Itoje (Saracens, captain)
7 Joel Conlon (Exeter Chiefs)
8 James Chisholm (Harlequins)
16 Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby)
17 Alex Lundberg (London Wasps)
18 Paul Hill (Leeds Carnegie)
19 Ross Moriarty (Gloucester Rugby)
20 Hayden Thompson Stringer (Saracens)
21 Callum Braley (Bristol Rugby)
22 Billy Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
23 Henry Purdy (Leicester Tigers)