Jonny May hails Steve Borthwick after reaching World Cup semi-finals… and he compares England coach to Alan Turing, who masterminded the cracking of the Nazis’ Enigma code during the Second World War
- Jonny May praised coach Steve Borthwick after England reached semi-finals
- England suffered an agonising 16-15 defeat to South Africa to miss out on final
- May has compared Borthwick to Alan Turing, who cracked the Enigma code
Jonny May has acclaimed Steve Borthwick as rugby’s version of the genius who masterminded the cracking of the Nazis’ Enigma code during the Second World War.
Borthwick’s emergency revival mission took England to the brink of reaching Saturday’s World Cup final and May said: ‘His approach to the game is a little bit like Alan Turing.
‘If anybody is going to crack the code to rugby, it will be Steve, and good luck to him.
‘He’s getting ever closer each week. He’s got an analytical, evidence-based, scientific, Spock-like approach to the game.
‘The way he goes about the game, if anybody is going to crack it… he’s obsessed with it. We’re starting to see what a genius Steve is, in terms of how he’s starting to get this team going.’
Jonny May praised coach Steve Borthwick after England reached World Cup semi-finals
May compared Borthwick to Alan Turing, who cracking of the Nazis’ Enigma code in WW2
May, 33, believes the future is bright for an evolving England team, but he is unlikely to be involved in the next Red Rose chapter.
The veteran is not formally retiring but is at peace with the fact that after winning 78 caps over the course of nine years at Test level, this tournament will represent his personal swansong.
May said: ‘For me, there are no regrets, what a journey. It’s been everything, playing for England, just absolutely everything.
‘To be close to the boys and have those relationships, to go through these times with these friends of mine, that’s just incredibly important to me.’
May isn’t formally retiring but he believes the tournament will be his swansong for England
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