Jonny May explains strange story of how England debut came about as 50th cap awaits | Rugby | Sport


Jonny May will earn his 50th England cap against Australia on Saturday as an automatic selection – six years on from only being handed his first because he was the only sober wing available.

May revealed on Wednesday the strange circumstances that saw him make his international breakthrough in the Second Test against Argentina after originally being overlooked for the match squad.

“My first cap I’ll always remember because it didn’t really go how I’d have thought,” said May.

“I wasn’t picked for the first game, then I wasn’t picked for the second game and I didn’t feel great because my parents were out there and it looked like I wasn’t going to get a game.

“But then, funnily enough, Christian Wade got called up for the Lions on the morning of the game.

“Basically, because my mum and dad were out there, I had gone out for dinner with them and all the other non-23 players had gone out on the p*ss.

“So I got told: ‘go on, you can play’ pretty much. It’s funny how it works out.

“I ended up starting that game and quite a challenging couple of weeks finished on a really good note as my parents got to watch me play and I got my first cap.”

May will become the fourth England wing to reach a half-century after Rory Underwood, Ben Cohen and Mark Cueto.

“If you take a step back, you’d say it’s an awesome achievement, something I’m very proud of and hopefully I’ve made my family proud.

“Every time I’ve played for England it’s been an honour, to do it 50 times is a great achievement,” he said.

“But it’s no time to take a step back at the moment, it’s a huge team game at the weekend.”

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