May drives me up pole
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.”