Jonny May left with no regrets despite missing the Lions tour
Jonny May has admitted his disappointment at missing the British and Irish Lions squad, but feels he couldn’t have done more.
England winger Jonny May has been a mainstay of his country’s starting squad in recent years and has been tipped by many to be selected for Warren Gatland’s Lions squad for this summer’s tour of South Africa .
May’s form fell with that of England in this year’s Six Nations, and the Gloucester winger was ultimately left at home while the Lions flew to South Africa.
The 31-year-old was speaking to PA Media and admitted he will likely never get a chance to represent the Lions who missed the selection this year.
“You just have to accept it. “
“I’ll be honest, it was a huge disappointment. It was a big goal for me. I’ve worked incredibly hard over a four-year cycle to be the best player I can be and give myself every chance to go there, but you just can’t control the selection, ”said May.
“I look back on that four year cycle, the work I did and the way I played, I didn’t really feel like I could have done more. You just have to accept it. It’s something I wanted to do – it’s not something I’m going to be able to do.
“It’s in the past now. It’s part of the team game. For anyone who plays rugby, there are some things that you will be faced with in your career that are going to be disappointing. “
Not as we hoped or wanted this campaign to unfold. However, growth cannot happen without challenges!
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– Jonny May (@ J0nnyMay) March 21, 2021
Jonny May’s future with England and Gloucester.
Although May has not made it to England’s two tests against the United States and Canada this summer, he is still expected to start for his country in the big games to come, having started in all five of the Six Nations games plus. early this year.
At the age of 31, May is older for a winger, but he still has an electric rhythm and will support himself to stay in the England starting squad when the World Cup kicks off rugby 2023.
At club level, Gloucester disappointed last year and ultimately finished in 11th place in the Gallagher Premiership, although there are a few reasons their fans are optimistic for the season ahead.
May is just one of many very talented players in Gloucester’s backline, which includes Lions tourists Chris Harris and Louis Rees-Zammit, while the signing of Scotland’s Adam Hastings will bolster them to the half.
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