May drives me up pole

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have evicted him but he has not shaken off the wing yet.

“We had a team run at Welford Road once so in his satnav he typed, ‘Welford Road’,” said Ford.

“He thought Welford Road was just a sta­dium but lit­tle did he know it’s 12 miles long so he ended up on the other side of Le­ices­ter, late for the team run and the meet­ing.

“He an­nounced, ‘That’s the last time I drive to train­ing on my own’. So I’ve got to pick him up ev­ery time now. It took the Le­ices­ter lads a while to work him out be­cause he can come across as quite strange at first, but they have a good un­der­stand­ing of him now.” An­thony Wat­son is likely to be switched to full-back against the Wal­la­bies with Mike Brown un­able to train fully un­til to­mor­row at the ear­li­est fol­low­ing his con­cus­sion against Ar­gentina, so a wing slot has opened up. Semesa Roko­duguni came off the bench to score against Ar­gentina but May’s re­cov­ery from the ham­string strain he suf­fered dur­ing the warm-weather train­ing camp in Por­tu­gal of­fers Eng­land a raw pace op­tion against the Wal­la­bies.

May, who used his down­time to write a team song for Eng­land, was noth­ing if not pro­fes­sional in his re­hab.

He car­ried a stop­watch around with him at all times to op­ti­mise his re­cov­ery.

“I don’t think he knows what he’s do­ing half the time on the pitch but he’s an ath­lete and so quick and strong. He knows where the try­line is,” said Ford.

“It’s not by chance he has been scor­ing tries nearly ev­ery week; he’s in the right place at the right time and he works in­cred­i­bly hard on be­ing pro­fes­sional and get­ting quicker.”

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