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Jonny May takes a leaf out of Liverpool's book with his sensational second try against Ireland

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Jinking Jonny May takes a leaf out of Liverpool's book with his sensational second try against Ireland with Jurgen Klopp's staff providing valuable lessons to help England transition from defence to attackJonny May's second try against Ireland showed great transitional playIt comes after  Eddie Jones sought help from data analyst experts at LiverpoolJones was pleased with what he referred to as May’s ‘flick-the-switch’ second try 


Jonny May's sensational second try against Ireland at Twickenham proved just what England are capable of as a team in transition — thanks to valuable lessons learned from Liverpool Football Club.



The Gloucester wing is now joint-second on the all-time list of English Test try-scorers with 31 and head coach Eddie Jones offered an emphatic tribute, saying: ‘He’s an incredible rugby player. In the time I’ve been lucky enough to coach him, he has been outstanding.



‘I’ve never seen a more professional player. He continues to get better.’

Jonny May's second try showed what England are capable of as a team in transition

Eddie Jones was pleased with what he referred to as May’s ‘flick-the-switch’ second try

Asked if May can go on to surpass Rory Underwood’s tally of 49 tries, Jones added: ‘I don’t see why not. He’s going to be at his best when he’s about 32, 33. He’s 30 now so there’s no reason why he can’t keep scoring tries.’

Jones was especially pleased with what he referred to as May’s ‘flick-the-switch’ second try, having overseen a focus on transitioning from defence to attack after help from Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions.

‘We had a great meeting with the Liverpool analyst,’ said Jones. ‘We’re starting to develop our own database, to use some tracking from a company called Sportable that’s helping us in that area.

‘They can measure work off the ball. Those transitional parts are important. It’s an exciting area for us.

Jones gave credit to Liverpool after gaining valuable lessons from the club's analyst expert

‘Liverpool are very advanced in being able to measure the movement of players off the ball. Measuring that is crucial to what we do when we transition. We’re starting to get some measurements, but we’re in nursery school now whereas Liverpool are doing their PhD at Oxford!

‘I’ve not spoken to Jurgen (Klopp) about it. He doesn’t speak to a lowly rugby coach like me! It was a guy called Ian Graham. 

'I’ve been reading Believe Us, which is the story of Liverpool and talks a bit about how they are using data analytics to improve their game. We’ve got three great analysts who look at that area (transition) and give the players feedback. 

'They’re the best players in England, so we want them to use their skills. That was really good today.’


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