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Jonny May enjoying home comforts between England World Cup commitments

Jonny May admits to alleviating the pressure of participating in England's home World Cup by repairing his dishwasher and watching The X Factor.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster views one of the benefits of staging the tournament on these shores is it allows players to spend time with their families on rest days rather than being cooped up in the team hotel.

May headed to Gloucester after the 35-11 victory over Fiji before returning to England's Surrey training base with the rest of the squad on Sunday evening and must dust off his tool kit when he returns home for the night in midweek.

"I had a nice couple of days over the weekend with my girlfriend's family," said May, who will start Saturday's pivotal Pool A showdown with Wales on the left wing.

"We just stayed there on the farm, watched X Factor - there's only so much rugby you can watch - walked the dog round the farm and chilled out.

"I spent time with my friends and family. It's nice to get out of Pennyhill Park even though it's a nice place.

"I'll go back to Gloucester and walk the dog on Wednesday. I'll be at home and just do normal things I think.

"My dishwasher's broken so that needs to be sorted out. It's nice just to do things like that all round really.

"It feels nice that the World Cup is up and going because there was a long wait on that Fiji game. It's nice to have it done, but there's still a lot of pressure here.

"It's a huge week for us now before a big game against Wales, but it does feel nice to have one under the belt."


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