Gloucester Winger Jonny May Suspended for Dangerous Tackle
In a surprising turn of events, Gloucester winger Jonny May has been handed a three-game ban following a fierce clash with Bath centre Ollie Lawrence during last Friday’s match. The incident, which involved a head-on collision, left Lawrence with a broken nose but didn’t prevent him from completing the game and remaining eligible for Bath’s next fixture.
May, aged 33 and making his first appearance this season after participating in the World Cup, faced an independent disciplinary panel after being cited on Tuesday. Although he admitted to the charge against him, there might be room for reducing his suspension to two games if he successfully completes a World Rugby coaching intervention programme.
The tackle occurred off the ball during the first half beside a ruck. Reflecting on the incident, May expressed relief that Lawrence was able to play through despite apologizing for causing injury. In light of this incident, May is determined to enhance his decision-making skills and attacking breakdown technique through rigorous training sessions.
A Career Milestone
“I pride myself on my work ethic and developing my game,” says Jonny May.
This suspension comes at an unfortunate time as Gloucester will now have to face Exeter away on November 19th without their talented winger. Furthermore, they will also miss him when Leicester visits home on November 25th. If his ban extends beyond three games due to further sanctions against Bristol on December 2nd, Gloucester will face even greater challenges.