England Rugby World Cup star, 33, retires just four days after winning bronze medal in play-off clash | The Sun

JONNY MAY has announced his retirement from Test rugby at the age of 33.

The England wing confirmed his decision just four days after winning a bronze medal at the Rugby World Cup.

May was a member of the England squad for the tournament, making his final appearance in the semi-final loss to South Africa.

However, he did not appear in Friday's third place play-off victory over Argentina.

In a statement, May said: "Words can’t describe the journey that I’ve been on so I won’t try to put it into words.

"At this point in time all I want to say from the bottom of my heart is a huge thank you to everybody who has been a part of this journey with me.



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"I really can’t mention them all, the list is too long, but from my very first coaches and teachers to all the medical and training staff that have helped me along the way.

"A Big special mention to my England team mates, guys who have lived every moment with me. I’ve made memories and friends for life. And quickly, just to mention one in particular, George Ford. Thank you mate.

"Another special thank you – a huge thank you – to the England fans. The ones at Twickenham, the ones who have made all this come to life for me. It’s been incredible.

"It’s an honour and a dream to represent my country and although I won’t be out there on the pitch anymore physically I will always feel connected to this team in spirit. Thank you."

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May made his England debut in 2013 in a 51-26 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires.

He went on to score 36 tries in 78 appearances, making him England Men's second leading try scorer of all-time.

The 33-year-old will continue to play for Gloucester, who he returned to in 2020 after three years with Leicester Tigers.

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