May credits England training programme

Jonny May insists it is no surprise that England emerged victorious in the latter stages of Saturday’s first Test against Argentina in San Juan.

Denny Solomona's last-minute try handed England a hard-fought 38-34 win, despite trailing by eight points with less than 20 minutes remaining.

And the Gloucester wing credited the preparation done in the lead up to the match for the late surge from his side.

“It’s been great training. It’s fatigued, unstructured and works you mentally and physically while bringing the team together,” May said.

“It gets you ready for a Test match and we saw at the weekend with some long phases of play and the game going to the wire.

“It doesn’t happen by chance that we won in the closing stages of that game and it’s happened before.

“It’s because we train so hard and prepare for those occasions all the time.”

May scored his ninth international try in the first Test, displaying his speed and awareness to get on the end of Henry Slade’s smart grubber kick, yet only 18 months ago he ruptured a knee ligament playing for Gloucester.

During his rehab from injury, May even attended former 400m world record holder Michael Johnson’s performance lab in Houston, Texas to train alongside some of United States' best athletes.

May revealed that although there were times when he thought his rugby career was over, he is now the quickest he has ever been ahead of Saturday’s second Test in Santa Fe.

He said: “It could have been the end of my career.

“I had to get my rehabilitation absolutely right so I worked hard on it. And I’ve exceeded expectations of what I thought I would achieve this season.

“Recently I’ve been running over 10m/s consistently, which is great. I ran 10.2m/s the other day, one of the fastest speeds I’ve run at.

“I’ve been looked after this week to manage my load so hopefully I will be fresh and firing on Saturday.“