England winger Jonny May has announced his retirement from Test rugby.
The 33-year-old Gloucester player made his debut against Argentina in 2013 and scored 36 tries in 78 international appearances.
On the list of his country’s best try scorers of all time, he is in second place behind Rory Underwood (49).
The last Test appearance in May came on October 21, when England lost 16-15 to eventual winners South Africa in the Rugby World Cup semi-final.
“Words cannot describe the journey I have taken, so I will not attempt to put it into words,” he said in a statement.
Jonny May has announced his retirement from Test rugby at the age of 33
May’s final appearance for England was the World Cup semi-final defeat to South Africa
“At this point I would like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with me from the bottom of my heart.”
“It is an honor and a dream to represent my country and although I will no longer be on the pitch physically, I will always feel connected to this team in spirit.”
May was initially not named in Steve Borthwick’s France squad, but was given a reprieve when Anthony Watson suffered a calf injury in August.
He was also part of the England team that finished second to the Springboks at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
“A big special mention goes to my England team-mates who spent every minute with me,” he continued.
“I gained memories and friends for life.” And quickly, to name one in particular: George Ford. Thanks, man.
“Another special thank you – a huge thank you – to the England fans. “The ones at Twickenham who made it all come to life for me. It was amazing.’