Northampton scrum-half Alex Mitchell has been called up to England’s Six Nations squad ahead of Saturday’s clash with Wales after Harry Randall was forced to withdraw with an ankle injury. Uncapped Bristol scrum-half Randall, 23, was part of Eddie Jones’ training group for England’s opening two matches against Scotland and Italy, but failed to make the matchday squad on either occasion with Ben Youngs and Dan Robson preferred.
“It’s great to see him doing well,” May said. “I’ve enjoyed playing with him at Gloucester and being around him.”
“He’s absolutely rapid and he’s got a good feel for the game as well. He’s going to be a world-class player,” he added. “It’s good being at Gloucester with him, Ollie Thorley, Jason (Woodward). We’ve got some good back three players and I think we’re bringing the best out of each other. We’re bouncing off each other a bit.”
“The Scotland game was incredibly disappointing,” said May. “We just wanted to go out there and strip things back a little bit, make things a little bit simpler for ourselves. The backs met a couple of times in the week and said that we need to start moving the ball a bit more, not stressing about the detail all that much or overthinking it. Let’s just move the ball around – why not get our hands on the ball and take people on.”