Jonny May backed to return to his best by Gloucester boss George Skivington after Lions disapproving

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Jonny May backed to return to his best by Gloucester boss George Skivington after Warren Gatland’s Lions tour SNUB after ‘four years of graft’

  • Jonny May was seen as a sure-fire to tour South Africa with the Lions team
  • Boss Warren Gatland called to leave him, despite a strong record
  • The 30-year-old scored 33 tries in 66 Tests, but suffered in the Six Nations
  • Gloucester coach George Skivington insists May will return strong with class

Jonny May will be back in shape after his disapproving Lions, while the England wing is closer to returning to Gloucester after an injury, his club boss said.

The 30-year-old, who has scored 33 tries in 66 Tests, was seen as a dead-cert for traveling South Africa with the Lions a few months ago.

But he suffered under England’s Six Nations finish in fifth place and was left out by Lions coach Warren Gatland’s squad.

Jonny May was seen as a certainty to tour South Africa with the Lions this summer

Jonny May was seen as a certainty to tour South Africa with the Lions this summer

May also sustained an ankle ligament injury for Gloucester a month ago, but his coach George Skivington believes he will prove his class and resilience when he returns before the end of the Premiership season.

“Jonny was clearly disappointed, and we were here for him, too,” Skivington said.

“He’s one of us, so you feel his pain. He’s been inoculated for four years with a purpose, so it’s tough.

Gloucester coach George Skivington says May will prove his class and resilience upon his return

Gloucester coach George Skivington says May will prove his class and resilience upon his return

Gloucester coach George Skivington says May will prove his class and resilience upon his return

‘He’s such a good professional and so diligent, he understands the game and things change very quickly so I have no doubt we’ll see the best of Jonny afterwards.

‘I hope he will play a part in the back of the season someday.’

England’s limited Six Nations game plan didn’t make the most of May, but Skivington thinks he will shoot for his country again if selected by Eddie Jones for summer tests against the US and Canada.

‘I’m sure he would have liked the ball in hand more, as any winger would. It wasn’t the ideal series, ‘he added.

No doubt it’s the same as kicking goals or throwing in at the lineout, if you don’t do enough of it you get a little rusty. But he will be excited and ready to go. ‘

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