England's Jonny May reveals how he lost his rag with Steve Borthwick and almost walked out of Rugby...
Tucked away in a shady corner of Englands training base in Le Touquet, occasionally scratching the mosquito bites on his legs, Jonny May is explaining how he lost his rag with Steve Borthwick last month.
The dust has settled now but there was a point when the winger almost walked out of camp. It was not long after the birth of his first child, Jaxon, when he was given an early heads-up that he was not in the original World Cup squad.
The truth is that on the Monday before we played Wales, Steve spoke to me and said as it stands youre not playing at the weekend and arent in the 33, says May.
That got my monkey out, Ill be honest. I was like, Well, what the hell am I doing here this week?
I reacted angrily but rationally. I went to the gym for 10 minutes and then stomped back to him and said I need another chat. I said, Im running this by you because maybe I dont want to be here this week. Why am I here? Ive got my son at home.
He said he didnt want me to go home because I was next in and it wouldnt look good if I quit now, then had to be called back in. I was like, Fair enough, good point. Just calm down and plough on with it.