Since being named LV= Breakthrough Player in March 2012 from a shortlist of six, Jonny’s career has gathered impressive momentum.
He joined the England squad in Johannesburg in June 2012 as a replacement for the injured George Lowe but didn’t earn a first cap.
He made an impact regardless scoring two tries off the bench in the 57-31 win over the South African Barbarians North team at Potchefstroom. His first was outstanding and included a pirouette after a dance down the touchline, while his second also reflected his intuitive skills.
Jonny had played in both Saxons games in 2012, making his debut against Ireland Wolfhounds, and appeared against Scotland A in February 2013 before winning his first full cap against Argentina at Buenos Aires in June.
His Six Nations debut against France in Paris in February 2014 but spanned only eight minutes before he left the field with a broken nose though he played for 70 minutes against Scotland the following week.
Jonny well and truly announced himself on the international stage with an extraordinary maiden Test try against New Zealand in November 2014.
His long-range run in the opening minutes illustrated his pace, panache, shimmy, check and go – most of it achieved in a confined space against a team famed for defensive resilience.
Two matches on, he crowned his tenth cap with two tries in England’s 28-9 win over Samoa.
Injury prevented him from playing in the subsequent Six Nations and touring Australia in June 2016 But he returned after 13 months’ absence with a try against South Africa at Twickenham that November.
He crossed four times during the 2018 Six Nations, including twice in victory over Wales, and was selected by Eddie Jones for the summer tour to South Africa.
Jonny was the standout performer against the Springboks in the three-Test series, finishing the top scorer with three tries, including the match-winning score in Cape Town.
The winger became the first player to score in four consecutive games against the Springboks and was on a streak of five tries in his last five Tests for England.
His excellence dates back to the 2009 EDF Energy Intermediate Cup final when he contributed three tries to Hartpury College’s 41-31 win over Clifton at Twickenham. It was a harbinger of greater things for him as his 62 tries in 138 senior appearances for Gloucester illustrate.
He also made a spectacular start to his Leicester Tigers career in 2017 with ten tries in nine matches.
A newcomer to the England U20 squad in 2010, he scored two tries in three Six Nations games at that level and then bagged three in the opening IRB Junior World Championship against hosts Argentina.
He went on to play in the other four matches. It was his first experience of representative rugby in the UK but he did spend the summer of 2007 playing in Australia for the Brumbies Academy.
He was on a dual registration with Moseley before signing a new contract with Gloucester in the spring of 2011 and the following season he made 27 first-team appearances and scored ten tries. His only previous club was Royal Wootton Bassett, where he started playing aged five.
Jonny was educated at Ridgeway School, initially played for Swindon Town Football Academy and was seventh in the Great Britain U15 pole vault in 2003.
90 points – 18T
2013 Arg (2) 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ(1), NZ, SA, Sam, A 2015 W, It, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W, A, 2016 SA, Arg, A 2017 F, W(R), It, Arg (1,2), A(R), Sam 2018 It, W, S, F, I, SA (1,2,3), SA, NZ, A
Last updated: 16 January 2019