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Fine fettle: Jonny May has talked up England’s options
Fine fettle: Jonny May has talked up England’s options

By Duncan Bech

Jonny May is convinced that England have the firepower and variety in attack to sweep all before them at the World Cup.

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Eddie Jones' title contenders have engineered an average of 4.3 tries in each game this year and were the most creative side at the recent Six Nations by crossing 24 times - 10 more than nearest rivals Ireland.

As their deadliest finisher, May is the key weapon in the England arsenal, but the Leicester wing insists there are a myriad of threats that can be unleashed on the opposition.

Even with the tackle-busting Joe Cokanasiga and Jack Nowell carrying injuries, potentially ruling both out of the opener against Tonga on Sunday, Jones still has the likes of Anthony Watson, Elliot Daly and Manu Tuilagi at his disposal.

When asked if any other team could rival the depth of England's attacking options, May said: "I would say not. It is nothing like I have ever been a part of.

"I look around the room at the talent we have and for me the belief is genuine that we can beat anybody if at our best. I genuinely believe we will peak at this World Cup.

"I don't want to come across as arrogant, because I am not, but I generally just can't talk up my team-mates enough.

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"We have got players who can take the ball to the line and make decisions, we have got players who can run over people, we have got speed, we have got left foot options.

"Do other teams have great players? Of course they do. It will come down to who produces it on the day, who is ready for it and mentally who can handle it.

"I believe this team is ready. There are genuine reasons to believe that we can do something very special."

Jones will announce his team on Friday as England's World Cup launches with two matches in four days, the clash with hard-tackling Tonga in Sapporo followed by a showdown against the USA in Kobe.

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