England winger Jonny May insists South Africa don’t respect the Red Roses after hearing what their coaches said about them following the 2019 World Cup.
“I’ll be honest, I don’t think necessarily that the South Africans respect us. Some of the things their coaches openly said about us in their documentaries probably just adds fuel to the fire,” May told Sky Sports.
“For me personally, I try my best every game, regardless of whether a team and coaches respect what you do.
“I think we’re getting better, so that’s all we can do, which is work hard and improve.
“It was a tighter game than it was four years ago. This team beat us comfortably in the autumn, and that felt like a game that maybe got away from us. On another day we genuinely could have won.”