Spotlight: Jonny May

Jonny May falls under the scope of The Scout in this one; a player who has seemingly cemented his place as one of the first names on Eddie's team sheet.

By Morgan Lowrie
1st February
By Morgan Lowrie
1st February

A squad awash with talent in the wide areas, it’s a testament to his performances in white that Jonny May is one of the first names on Eddie Jones team sheet. An attacking rating of 99 demonstrates the threat May offers, and his score against Wales in last years tournament show the versatility and threat May can offer with ball in hand, on the counter, with his own boot or on the end of Farrell’s guided crossfields.

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Only Jacob Stockdale (7) touched down more times than May (4) last year, as Sean Maitland followed closely behind (3). Another element of May’s game is his ability to carve open space from seemingly impossible situations. Again Stockdale bettered the Englishman, with 345 metres to May’s also incredible 313, but with Ireland inundated with talent all over the park, it may be wise to take May over Stockdale to allow for Irish impact elsewhere.

Whilst Stockdale does come out on top, directors of rugby should consider that Stockdale is unlikely to hit those exact heights again, and on current form, May looks like he can improve plenty on what was still a comfortable second place wing in 2018. Defensively the Leciester wing didn’t perform greatly with a 68% tackle success rate, but there’s been a marked improvement since last years edition of this tournament, and there’s plenty reason to believe May will live up to his 88 rating.

Two assists, a tournament high for an outside back, May shows he doesn’t just have the ability to finish, he also finds production on the end of those darting breaks. With Chris Ashton back in town and Tuilagi back to fitness, England have even more weapons to either set up or finish off Jonny’s sublime work. When stepping back and realising just how poor England were in 2018, it’s worth getting excited about just what May can offer with a functioning, effective unit.

The Rugby Magazine

Filed under: Six Nations, The Scout, England
Written by: Morgan Lowrie
Follow: @MorganLowrie · @therugbymag

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