One of the best wingers in the world, Jonny May is famed for his impressive speed, finishing abilities and high scoring at both club and international level. So much so he’s currently the England national team’s second-highest all-time try scorer, and Gloucester Rugby’s third-highest.
Jonny May was born in Chiseldon, Wiltshire in 1990 and started playing rugby as a child at the Royal Wootton Bassett Rugby Football Club, before then joining Gloucester Rugby’s academy. May stayed with Gloucester until 2017 when he announced he would join Leicester Tigers in a swap for Ed Slater. Most recently he returned to Gloucester after three seasons with the Tigers, agreeing a long-term deal in April 2020.
With his pace and try-scoring credentials, Jonny May has amassed a notable number of points, honours and awards in his club career thus far. Some highlights include being Gloucester's Young Player-of-the-Year for 2011/2012, a European Challenge Cup win in the 2014/15 season and an array of Man-of-the-Match awards in all competitions.
His rugby prowess is also demonstrated on the world stage with the England national side. He was first called up in June 2012 for England’s tour of South Africa during which he scored several tries. However, his first official cap was during the summer tour of Argentina the following year.
He has since featured in several Six Nations Championships including the 2019 competition where he finished as the top try scorer and also England’s most recent win of the tournament in 2020. May was also in the England squad for the 2019 World Cup and played in the final against South Africa. He earned his 50th cap in a memorable quarter-finals game against Australia where he scored two tries.
With a number of years in the game still ahead of him, many expect Jonny May will go on to conquer more records and may potentially soon become England’s all-time leading try scorer.