Jonny May

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Jonny May
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Birth nameJonathan James May
Date of birth (1990-04-01) 1 April 1990 (age 28)
Place of birthSwindon, England
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight92 kg (14 st 7 lb; 203 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing
Current team Leicester Tigers
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Leicester Tigers
Correct as of 27 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England U20
England Saxons
Correct as of 24 November 2018

Jonathan James May (born 1 April 1990)[1] is a professional rugby union player for Leicester Tigers in Premiership Rugby and for the England national side; between 2009–17 he played 121 games for Gloucester. He plays as a winger and is known for his electrifying pace and finishing skills.

He has also played as a dual-registered player for Moseley.

Early life[edit]

May was born in Chiseldon. He then studied at St Francis before he attended The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College. He then studied at Hartpury College, where he was a member of Hartpury College R.F.C., coached by Allan Lewis in a team that included Alex Cuthbert on the opposite wing.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

After joining Gloucester's rugby academy,[3] he made his first start for Gloucester Rugby in a pre-season friendly against Bath Rugby on 15 August 2009, and the next weekend he scored a try against Connacht after he had come off the bench. His first taste of first team action came in the Heineken Cup when he replaced Charlie Sharples against Newport Gwent Dragons and just over a month later he made his first start against London Wasps in the Anglo-Welsh Cup,playing on the wing. On 20 February 2010, May was a late replacement for Gloucester's match against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road Stadium after Fuimaono-Sapolu pulled out with a dead leg. Although Gloucester lost, May played well and scored a try on his Premiership debut. May made 2 more starts for Gloucester during the remainder of the season against London Wasps and Northampton Saints.

In January 2012 May was called up to the England Saxons, which he celebrated by scoring two tries from full-back for at Kingsholm against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup. May made his debut off the bench against Scotland, and made his first start against Ireland the following week. In March 2012 May was named as the inaugural winner of the LV= Breakthrough Player Award. May was named Gloucester's Young Player-of-the-Year for 2011/2012, and his stunning solo effort against Harlequins was named Try-of-the-Season at the Aviva Premiership Awards. In December 2012, May signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucester until the end of the 2014-15 season.[4] On 24 October 2014, May signed a new long-term contract with Gloucester Rugby.[5]

In 2017 it was announced he would be joining Leicester Tigers in a swap deal with Ed Slater, after activating a little known clause in his Gloucester contract.[6] May started his Leicester career strongly scoring 9 tries in his first 8 appearances and earning the club's player of the month award.[7]

International career[edit]

May was called up to the senior England tour of South Africa in June 2012, scoring two tries in England's 57-31 win over Sharks. May won his first international cap during England's 2013 summer Tour against Argentina in the second Test which England won 51-26.[8] On 9 January 2014, May was called up for the 2014 Six Nations Championships where he was in the starting fifteen against France, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy.[3] He started the first test against the All Blacks in England's 20-15 defeat, but was dropped for the next two tests.

In the QBE Autumn Internationals, May played in all 4 test matches. These were against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia. May scored once against New Zealand and twice against Samoa.

International tries[edit]

As of 24 Nov 2018 [9]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  New Zealand London, England Twickenham Stadium 2014 Autumn international 8 November 2014 Loss 21 – 24
2  Samoa London, England Twickenham Stadium 2014 Autumn Internationals 22 November 2014 Win 28 - 9
4  France London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match 15 August 2015 Win 19 - 14
5  Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match 5 September 2015 Win 21 - 13
6  Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium 2015 Rugby World Cup 26 September 2015 Loss 25 - 28
7  South Africa London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 Autumn international 12 November 2016 Win 37 - 21
8  Argentina London, England Twickenham Stadium 2016 Autumn international 26 November 2016 Win 27 - 14
9  Argentina San Juan, Argentina Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario 2017 Tour of Argentina 10 June 2017 Win 38 - 34
10  Australia London, England Twickenham Stadium 2017 Autumn international 18 November 2017 Win 30 - 6
11  Wales London, England Twickenham Stadium 2018 Six Nations 10 February 2018 Win 12 - 6
13  France Paris, France State de France 2018 Six Nations 10 March 2018 Loss 16 - 22
14  Ireland London, England Twickenham Stadium 2018 Six Nations 17 March 2018 Loss 15 - 24
15  South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa Ellis Park Stadium 2018 Tour of South Africa 9 June 2018 Loss 39 - 42
16  South Africa Bloemfontein, South Africa Free State Stadium 2018 Tour of South Africa 16 June 2018 Loss 12 - 23
17  South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Stadium 2018 Tour of South Africa 23 June 2018 Win 25 - 10
18  Australia London, England Twickenham Stadium 2018 Autumn international 24 November 2018 Win 37 - 18


  1. ^ "ESPN Profile Jonny May". ESPN. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  2. ^ Roberts, Gareth (23 February 2012). "Six Nations: England-born Cuthbert seeks Wales glory". BBC Wales. Retrieved 23 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Six Nations 2014: Jonny May relishes Alex Cuthbert reunion". BBC Sport. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Jonny May contract extension with Gloucester". BBC Sport. 13 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Jonny May signs new long term contract with Gloucester Rugby". Gloucester Rugby. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  6. ^ "Jonny May's move from Gloucester to Leicester sparks panic as Premiership clubs fear spate of copy-cat transfers". The Daily Mail. London. 10 August 2017. Archived from the original on 12 August 2017. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Razor-sharp wing Jonny May has really caught the eye since joining Leicester Tigers". 24 October 2017. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  8. ^ "May won first England cap". Gloucester Rugby. 15 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Jonny May International matches". 6 December 2016.

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