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Eddie Jones compares England winger Jonny May to David Campese

Eddie Jones hails Jonny May’s dedication and compares winger to Australian legend David Campese ahead of Wales Six Nations clash

  • Eddie Jones compared Jonny May’s focus to Australian legend David Campese
  • The head coach insists the English winger is the most dedicated player he knows
  • Jones revealed he called Louis Rees-Zammit to see if he would play for England

England winger Jonny May has been compared to David Campese ahead of his sprint showdown with Welsh flyer Louis Rees-Zammit.

May and Rees-Zammit play club rugby together at Gloucester and are two of the fastest players on the planet.

They will go head to head on Saturday in Cardiff, where England coach Eddie Jones is expecting a mouth-watering contest.

England head coach Eddie Jones hailed the dedication and focus of his winger Jonny May

May will come up against his Gloucester teammate Louis Rees-Zammit next week in Cardiff

Rees-Zammit, 20, is the breakthrough star but Jones believes May, 30, has similarities with 101-cap Wallaby legend Campese.

‘Rees-Zammit has got something about him – footwork, pace and he finds the line, but May is not too bad either,’ said Jones. ‘They are lightning quick over 10 metres and you do not see many quicker.

‘I don’t think I have met a more dedicated player than Jonny, who is almost obsessive about his preparation. Campese was the same… massively ahead of his time. At a time when it was training, have a few beers, training, have a few beers, Campese was lifting weights and training 45 minutes before anyone else. Practising torpedo kicks. He was a freak. He could do things people could not think about.

Jones has compared May’s obsessive nature to that of David Campese and Bryan Habana

‘Bryan Habana was the same: completely focused. He would spend 30 minutes after training working on eye-hand coordination, which is why he was such a great interceptor of the ball. Jonny has that same application to improve his craft.’

May will be hoping to break his speed record of 10.59 metres per second when he stretches his legs in Cardiff. He fine-tuned his sprinting at Michael Johnson’s performance centre in Texas – and has a slim edge over Rees-Zammit, whose top recorded speed is 10.1mps.

‘I look to clock 10 metres per second, said May. ‘That is when I know I am moving consistently well. I look for consistency. I have had a few Zoom calls with Dan Pfaff, who is a top athletics trainer and works with all the sprinters. That has been awesome.’

Rees-Zammit is the Six Nations’ top try scorer after an impressive opening two rounds

After the opening two rounds, Rees-Zammit is the Six Nations’ top of the scoring charts with three tries. The youngster was tipped as a future Test star during his breakthrough season, when Jones sound out the winger about representing England.

‘I gave him a ring,’ revealed Jones, an Umbro ambassador.’ I heard he was very Welsh and wanted to play for Wales and said if he was interested, we would be. He had to do five years qualification in terms of residency and a young guy like him is not going to sit around for five years. I wished him good luck and am pleased he is doing well; I just hope he does not do too well against us.’

Eddie Jones is an Umbro ambassador. For more information visit: or follow @Umbro_Rugby on Instagram.

Jones revealed that he called Rees-Zammit to see if he was interested in representing England

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