How Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonny May compare ahead of Wales v England

Louis Rees Zammit and Jonny May Louis Rees-Zammit (left) and Jonny May go head to head in Cardiff on Saturday (David Davies/Adam Davy/PA)

One of the many intriguing duels in store when Wales and England clash at the Principality Stadium on Saturday is a high-octane collision on the wing.

Gloucester team-mates Louis Rees-Zammit and Jonny May are capable of shredding defences with their pace and footwork.

Louis Rees-Zammit – Gloucester

Position: Wing

Age: 20

Caps: 6

Debut: v France, 2020

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 13st 9lbs

Points: 20 (Tries 4)

From the moment he made his Gloucester debut as an 18-year-old, Rees-Zammit has looked destined for the top. A lethal finisher with lightning-fast pace – even the jet-heeled May says that “on a good day I can just about keep up” – the Wales wing has taken to Test rugby with aplomb. Two tries against Scotland at Murrayfield, the second a clinical solo effort that swept Wales into the lead in a finely-poised match, signpost a long international career that could take a step forwards with Lions selection this summer. Still only 20, one of the challenges facing Rees-Zammit is to stay grounded.

Jonny May – Gloucester

Position: Wing

Age: 30

Caps: 63

Debut: v Argentina, 2013

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 14st 2lbs

Points: 160 (Tries 32)

By his own admission he may be a fraction slower, but May’s all-round game has evolved to a whole new level. Still capable of scoring spectacular tries – witness his finishes against Ireland last autumn and against Italy in round two – but he now takes as much satisfaction in the less glamorous duties of the modern wing such as kick-chase and aerial ability. His dedication to his craft is unrivalled in the England camp and he has developed into a more rounded player. For all that, it is the extraordinary athleticism, ability to stop-start and eye for an opening that set him apart as a box-office attraction.

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