|Weight||90kg (14st 2lb)|
Since being named as the LV= Breakthrough Player in March last year from a shortlist of six in the 2011-12 Anglo-Welsh competition, the career of Jonny May has gathered momentum. He joined the England squad in Johannesburg in June last year as a replacement for Harlequins’ George Lowe, who had returned home after a scan showed left ankle ligament damage.
He was an instant hit, scoring two tries off the bench for Ugo Monye in the 57-31 win over the South African Barbarians North team at Potchefstroom. His first was outstanding and included a pirouette after a dance down the touchline, while his second also reflected his intuitive skills.
Jonny played in both Saxons games in 2012, making his debut against Ireland Wolfhounds, also appeared against Scotland A last February and won his first full cap against Argentina at Buenos Aires in June.
His excellence dates back to the 2009 EDF Energy Intermediate Cup final when he contributed three tries to Hartpury College’s 41-31 win over Clifton at Twickenham. It was a harbinger of greater things for him as his 29 tries in 65 senior appearances for Gloucester attest, up to the end of last season.
Swindon-born Jonny became a regular member of Gloucester’s A League side in 2009-10, having made an initial breakthrough in pre-season with a memorable try in his second friendly match for Gloucester against Connacht. He made his competitive debut in the Heineken Cup in the Newport Gwent Dragons game two months later.
A newcomer to the England U20 squad in 2010, he scored two tries in three Six Nations games at that level and then bagged three in the opening IRB Junior World Championship against hosts Argentina. He went on to play in the other four matches. It was his first experience of representative rugby in the UK but he did spend the summer of 2007 playing in Australia for the Brumbies Academy.
He was on a dual registration with Moseley before signing a new contract with Gloucester in the spring of 2011 and the following season he made 27 first-team appearances and scored ten tries. His only previous club was Wootton Bassett, where he starting playing when five. Jonny was educated at Ridgeway School, initially played for Swindon Town Football Academy and was seventh in the Great Britain U15 pole vault in 2003.
He has learnt much from Chris Dewsnap, late of Hartpury College, Allan Lewis, who was director of rugby there and Gloucester Academy pair Mark Cornwell and Phil Greenaway. Former internationals Will Greenwood, Jerry Guscott and Tana Umaga are his most respected players.
2012 I(R), S 2013 S
2013 Arg (2)
Last updated: August 19, 2013