Tom May (rugby union)

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Tom May
Birth name Tom Alexander May
Date of birth (1979-02-05) 5 February 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)[1]
School Tonbridge School
University Newcastle University
Northumbria University
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre, Fly-half, Wing
Current team RC Toulonnais
Youth Career
Sevenoaks RFC
Richmond F.C.
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2009
2009–2011
2011–2013
2013–2015
Newcastle Falcons
Toulon
Northampton Saints
London Welsh
257
31
53
39
(477)
(23)
(43)
(20)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2009
2009
England A
England
2
2
(0)
(0)
Correct as of 13 June 2009.
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2002 England London

Tom May (born 5 February 1979 in London, UK) is a former rugby union player. May enjoyed a nineteen-year career that incorporated spells at Newcastle Falcons, Toulon Rugby, Northampton Saints and London Welsh.[2] May also won two caps for England, both in 2009.[3]

May was a utility back, his versatility enabling him to fill a number of positions behind the scrum.

May writes a regular column for scrum.com, and has also appeared as an analyst on BT Sport. May is also involved in the grassroots rugby website everything4rugby.com.[4]

Biography[edit]

Born 5 February 1979 in London, UK, May joined the Newcastle Falcons from Richmond F.C. in 1998, making his competitive debut in March 1999 against the Northampton Saints.[5]

May scored two tries as Newcastle beat Harlequin F.C. in the final of the 2001 Tetley's Bitter Cup.[6] He also started in the 2004 final, as Newcastle defeated the Sale Sharks.[7]

May competed for the England Sevens team at the 2002 London Sevens.[8] He was selected by Clive Woodward for the Senior tour of Argentina in 2002[9] and played in the fixture against Argentina A.[10]

On 19 May 2009, he was named in the England squad to play the Barbarians and Argentina.[11]

May played in a defeat to the Barbarians.[12] He won his debut cap in a Test match against Argentina.[13] May won his second cap in the return fixture at Salta.[14]

On 21 April 2009, May announced he would be leaving the Falcons to join Toulon.[15]

On 7 February 2011 it was announced that May would be returning to England's elite division by signing a contract with Northampton Saints, against whom May made his professional debut, for the 2011/12 season.

Originally linked with a move to Leicester Tigers, May turned down the offer to join London Welsh on a one-year contract for the 2013/14 season.[16]

On 9 January 2015, May announced he would be retiring at the end of the season.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby club Toulonnaise Tom May". Rugby Club Toulonnaise. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. ^ http://en.espn.co.uk/england/rugby/player/27741.html
  3. ^ http://en.espn.co.uk/england/rugby/player/27741.html
  4. ^ http://en.espn.co.uk/england/rugby/story/256909.html
  5. ^ "Newcastle Falcons profile". Newcastle Falcons Official site. 16 June 2007. Archived from the original on 4 May 2008. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Newcastle snatch Cup glory". BBC. 24 February 2001. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  7. ^ "Newcastle 37–33 Sale". BBC. 17 April 2004. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  8. ^ "May wins Sevens call". BBC. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  9. ^ "Beim joins England tour party". BBC. 9 June 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  10. ^ "England 'A' side for clash with Pumas". ESPN Scrum. 16 June 2002. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Senior Squad announced". BBC. 19 May 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  12. ^ "England 26–33 Barbarians". BBC. 30 May 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  13. ^ "England 37–15 Argentina". BBC. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Argentina 24–22 England". BBC. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  15. ^ "Tom May finalises French move". Journal Live. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  16. ^ "May signs for London Welsh". The Daventry Express. 12 March 2013.
  17. ^ "Tom May: London Welsh captain and ex-England centre to retire". BBC Sport. 9 January 2015.

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