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Jonny May can top Rory Underwood’s record England try haul says Eddie Jones

Jonny May is on track to overhaul Rory Underwood and become England’s all-time record try scorer.

So reckons Eddie Jones after seeing the Gloucester flyer grab a brilliant double to move joint second with Ben Cohen and Will Greenwood on 31.

Underwood, a star of the 1980s and 90s, leads the way on 49 which means May still needs 18 – and he is already into his thirties.

But Jones said: “He’s only going to get better and better and I don’t see why he shouldn’t catch Rory. He’s 30 now and I think he’s going to be at his best when he’s 32 or 33.”

May flies past Peter O’Mahony on his way to England try number 31

May has taken two and a half years to score his last 18 tries so, if Jones’ calculations are right, he has time to knock roaring Rory off his perch providing he steers clear of injury.

“Jonny is an incredible rugby player, I’ve never seen anyone more professional,” Jones added. “He continues to get better, faster, stronger, more elusive and his work off the ball is exceptional.

“There’s no reason why he can’t keep scoring tries and being one of our most important players.”

ENGLAND’S ALL-TIME TRY LIST

49 – Rory Underwood (1984-96) 85 caps

31 – Jonny May (2013- ) 59 caps

31 – Will Greenwood (1997-2004) 55 caps

31 – Ben Cohen (2000-06) 57 caps

30 – Jeremy Guscott (1989-1999) 65 caps




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