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Leicester Tigers speedster named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month

Leicester Tigers wing Jonny May has today been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for October 2017.

May has been in sensational form for the Tigers this season scoring a stunning seven tries in seven Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and World Cup winner Will Greenwood today described him as an “absolute poacher with jet heeled shoes”.


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“Jonny has looked frighteningly fast and hungry for work with a real edge to his carries,” said Greenwood.

“He has added some weight to his wiry frame but not lost any speed – a dangerous combination.”

Greenwood believes May is working well with an impressive Tigers midfield, adding: “Jonny is loving playing outside George Ford and Matt Toomua and is an absolute poacher with jet heeled shoes.”


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May was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in the League over the month. He was involved in a three-way battle for the latest title, eventually beating Gloucester Rugby’s Henry Trinder and Exeter Chiefs back-rower Don Armand to the title.

May was voted for by a panel of media professionals based on his performances in November – Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Jonny Fordham (The Sun), Jill Douglas (ITV Sport), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN). The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby’s Communications Director.



May wins a trophy and a £250 donation to the charity of his choice.

Winners in the 2017-18 season
October – Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
September – Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Winners in the 2016-17 season
April – Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby)
March – Christian Wade (Wasps)
February – James Short (Exeter Chiefs)
December – Tom Varndell (Bristol Rugby)
November – Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)
October – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
September – Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)
Winners in the 2015-16 season
October – Nick Evans (Harlequins)
November – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
December – Maro Itoje (Saracens)
January – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
February – George Smith (Wasps)
March – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)
April – Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)
Winners in the 2014-15 season
September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
October – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
November – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)
December – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
January – Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
February – Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
March – Elliot Daly (Wasps)
April – Joe Simpson (Wasps)
Winners in the 2013-14 season
September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)
October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)
November – George Ford (Bath Rugby)
December – Nick Easter (Harlequins)
January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
February – Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)
March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)
April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)
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