England star calls time on international career after Rugby World Cup

Adam Kyriacou
England wing Jonny May doing running drill.

England wing Jonny May doing running drill.

England wing Jonny May has announced his retirement from international rugby, calling time on his Test career after impressing at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

May, 33, scored 36 tries in 78 international appearances for his country.

The Gloucester wing sits second behind Rory Underwood (49) on England’s list of all-time leading try scorers as he brings down the curtain on his Test career.

Final game against Springboks

May’s final international match came in the Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to eventual winners South Africa on October 21 when England fell to a 16-15 defeat.

“Words can’t describe the journey that I’ve been on so I won’t try to put it into words,” he told England Rugby’s website.

“At this point in time 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.”

May was initially overlooked for Steve Borthwick’s squad for the World Cup, but was granted a reprieve when Anthony Watson sustained a calf injury in August.

He was also part of the England team which finished runners-up to the Springboks at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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

Thank you to George Ford

“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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