Jonny May set for shock Gloucester departure, in talks with Premiership rival - Ruck

Jonny May set for shock Gloucester departure, in talks with Premiership rival

London’s Premiership champions are in the early stages of discussions with England wingers Jonny May and Joe Cokanasiga regarding a potential move to the capital at the conclusion of the season.

However, there’s no guarantee that either player will put pen to paper.

The Saracens is actively exploring options for the back three in the upcoming season, considering experienced Scotland and Lions tourist Sean Maitland, along with Alex Lewington and Ben Harris are set to leave the club.

May well and truly announced himself on the international stage with an extraordinary maiden Test try against New Zealand in November 2014.

His long-range run in the opening minutes illustrated his pace, panache, shimmy, check and go. Injury prevented him from playing in the subsequent Six Nations and touring Australia in June 2016.

However he returned after 13 months’ absence with a try against South Africa at Twickenham that November.

Jonny was the standout performer against the Springboks in the three-Test series, finishing the top scorer with three tries, including the match-winning score in Cape Town.

That form continued as he was top try scorer in the 2019 Six Nations as he crossed six times, and on the way to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final he crossed twice against Australia in the quarter-final on his 50th cap.

May was called up to Steve Borthwick’s squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after Anthony Watson was ruled out through injury.

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“A show pony” – Who are the most overrated and underrated rugby players of all-time?

Brace yourself for the controversial results that are sure to spark debates and stir the rugby community.


#3. Simon Shaw (England)

‘Underappreciated’ and ‘unfortunate’ are two words which probably encapsulate Shaw. Despite incredible longevity and a durability few other rugby players could match, particularly as the game became more and more physical, Shaw should have easily amassed over 100 caps.

Legend of the game Martin Johnson, who was an inspirational leader and brilliant player, generally stood in his way, but the Wasps man’s skills were often underutilised by those that coached him. 

Former Wales assistant and defence coach guru Shaun Edwards even said Shaw is the ‘most underrated player in recent history’. 

#2. Agustin Creevy (Argentina)

One of the game’s most intelligent ball-handling forwards, Creevy backs up a superb work-rate in the loose with granite physicality in the tight, with his ability to win direct collisions against opposition forwards one of his key attributes. Very underrated.