Jonny May is no stranger to playing at Twickenham, but says he cannot wait to walk out at HQ alongside his Gloucester Rugby team-mates for Sunday’s ‘Big Game’ against Harlequins.
Though May has experienced highs and lows at Twickenham on the way to winning 19 England caps, the Cherry & Whites have only recently known despair.
A run of six straight defeats there dates back to 2003, but May hopes that is all about to change.
"We're all excited to play at Twickenham, luckily I have played there a few times so it will be a little bit more familiar,” he said.
“But it will be a great occasion and is really exciting for us as a team.
"It will be a nice break from Kingsholm which will hopefully dry up a bit over the Christmas period, it's a fast, wide pitch and will suit a fast game of rugby. If the weather is there hopefully we can bring energy and take it to them.
"I would have liked to have had more ball in space but it is what it is and the weather has been tough – we've had a lot of wet, boggy night games.
"We haven't been clicking as well as we would like as a team but I'm working as hard as I can, I'm trying to get involved and I'm focusing on the basics. I'm working each week and while it's not showing as I would like on the pitch I'm confident that I'm going in the right direction.
"Even though I'm a little frustrated, you have to try not to be because it will only affect you in a negative way when you do have opportunities.
"It's a big game and that's what we want to be a part of both individually and collectively."
Harlequins lost last season’s ‘Big Game’ encounter with Northampton Saints, but head to Twickenham this time around in good form having lost just one of their last eight games in all competitions.
And Chris Robshaw says the whole Quins squad is determined for that good form to continue.
“We’ve got to Christmas and everyone is fresh and everyone is good mentally,” said Robshaw. “Everyone is in a good place. That comes on the back of winning which helps.
“Conor O’Shea has done extremely well with the management and the board over the summer.”
(Twickenham Stadium, 4.30pm)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (159th Premiership game).
Assistant Referees: Greg Garner & Wayne Falla. TMO: Graham Hughes.
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