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Jonny May

Jonny May

Key Facts

SquadGloucester Rugby
Height1.86m (6'1")
Weight90kg (14st 2lb)


Since being named as the LV= Breakthrough Player in March 2012 from a shortlist of six in 2011-12, the career of Jonny May has gathered momentum. He joined the England squad in Johannesburg in June 2012 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 in February last year and won his first full cap against Argentina at Buenos Aires the following June. His RBS 6 Nations Championship debut against France in Paris in February lasted only eight minutes before he left the field with a broken nose but he played for 70 minutes against Scotland the following week. He was England's joint leading ball-carrier, along with Billy Twelvetrees, with 12 against Ireland at Twickenham the same month and gained 67 metres in all. Six of his seven caps were consecutive, up to and including the first Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park this 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 41 tries in 89 senior appearances by the end of last season for Gloucester illustrate.

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.

International Record

2013 Arg (2) 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ(1)

Last updated: June 17, 2014

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