"Forces bound" - Jonny May set for shock move, he's likely no longer going to France - Ruck

“Forces bound” – Jonny May set for shock move, he’s likely no longer going to France

Soyaux Angouleme XV Charente have shown interest in signing former England winger Jonny May, but their budget is limited.

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May, who is departing from Gallagher Premiership side Gloucester this summer, has played his entire career in England, primarily with Gloucester, but also with Moseley and Leicester Tigers.

According to Rugby Pass, the offer from SA XV is unlikely to persuade May to join, as the club finished 12th in this season’s Pro D2.

Rugby transfer expert Neil Fissler suggests that May is more likely to wait for a move to Major League Rugby in the United States rather than accept a deal that doesn’t meet his valuation.

Jonny May of Gloucester Rugby looks dejected after losing during the Challenge Cup Final Match between Gloucester Rugby and Hollywoodbets Sharks at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 24 May 2024. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

After England’s third-place finish in the Rugby World Cup, May retired from international play. Despite strong links to Saracens, May announced last month that he is likely heading overseas.

Career after rugby:

May, who has ventured into podcasting, discussed his exploration of post-playing opportunities, including the potential of joining the fire service with the RAF.

He said: “I am still hoping to play for the next couple of years or year, I am not quite ready to stop playing yet, but the RAF could help me come in during the off-season.

“It would help me get a bit of a foot up while I am still playing.”


Highest-paid rugby players in the world:

The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)