Jonny May says England will not focus on the inventiveness of fly-half Finn Russell and adapt their game in order to win Saturday’s Six Nations clash against Scotland. Scotland have not won at the home of English rugby since 1983 but they could not have come closer on their most recent visit, securing a dramatic 38-38 draw two years ago after coming from 31 points down before being pegged back three minutes after the 80-minute mark.
“I am aware of the threat of Finn Russell but I am going to focus on me and do me as best as I possibly can,” May said. “He’s a great player and he’s very challenging, but how much time do you allocate focusing on who you are playing and how much time do you allocate on yourself?”
“The more I play, the more time I am investing in myself and my team-mates. Each week in the Premiership, I play against very good players and you give them the utmost respect, but you need to focus on yourself,” he added,
“Rugby is a crazy game with so many variables – it is constantly changing and evolving. Ultimately, we don’t dictate the way we play – the game does,” explained May. “We want to win, so if the way to win a game is to kick the ball 100 times, then you have got to do it. At the moment defences are on top, so rugby is dictating to us that we may have to defend more than we attack – which may not be the way we want to play.”