England star Jonny May retires from international rugby with emotional statement

Jonny May has retired from international rugby

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England wing Jonny May has announced his retirement from Test rugby.

The 33-year-old Gloucester player made his debut against Argentina in 2013 and scored 36 tries in 78 international appearances.

He sits second behind Rory Underwood (49) on his country’s list of all-time leading men’s try scorers.

May’s final Test outing came in England’s 16-15 Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to eventual winners South Africa on October 21.

“Words can’t describe the journey that I’ve been on so I won’t try to put it into words,” he said in a statement on englandrugby.com.

“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 France, 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. “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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