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Tuesday Oct 31, 2023

England legend brings incredible career to an end as he announces retirement

England winger Jonny May has called quits on his England career after an incredible 10 years as the national side’s premier speedster. His final match for England was the World Cup semi-final defeat against the eventual champions, South Africa.

May turned out for England in five of their seven matches in the 2023 World Cup despite having originally missed out on selection. It was only thanks to Anthony Watson’s injury prior to the tournament that allowed the Gloucester winger back into the squad.

Once deemed as one of the most threatening wingers in all of world rugby, May, alongside his increasing age, has struggled for form in recent years. His final journey in an England shirt has not proved to be the perfect send-off, but he will be remembered in his prime for his electric pace and clinical finishing abilities.

“Words can’t describe the journey that I’ve been on so I won’t try to put it into words,” May said.

“All I want to say from the bottom of my heart is a huge thank you to everybody who has been a part of this journey with me.

“It’s an honour and a dream to represent my country and, although I won’t be out there on the pitch anymore physically, I will always feel connected to this team in spirit.

“A big special mention to my England team-mates, guys who have lived every moment with me.

“I’ve made memories and friends for life. And quickly, just to mention one in particular, George Ford. Thank you mate.

“Another special thank you – a huge thank you – to the England fans. The ones at Twickenham, the ones who have made all this come to life for me. It’s been incredible.”

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