Newcastle Falcons winger Adam Radwan targets England place alongside hero Jonny May

Adam Radwan is eager to learn from his closest rival as England’s fastest player when he joins up with Eddie Jones’s Autumn Nations Series squad this week.
Newcastle Falcons' Adam Radwan, left, tackles Sale Sharks' Sam James. Picture: Mike Egerton/PANewcastle Falcons' Adam Radwan, left, tackles Sale Sharks' Sam James. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA
Newcastle Falcons' Adam Radwan, left, tackles Sale Sharks' Sam James. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

Taking advantage of Jonny May being rested and Anthony Watson’s absence with the Lions, North Yorkshireman Radwan made an explosive start to his international career by scoring a hat-trick in a 70-14 victory over Canada in July.

Now fate has nudged the Newcastle Falcon a step closer to retaining his place after knee ligament damage sustained earlier this month means Watson could miss the entire season.

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It leaves Radwan, May and Max Malins as the frontline options to fill the two wing positions for the Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa at Twickenham.

If Jones is prioritising raw pace it will be highlight reel favourites Radwan and May who start, but while they have comparable speed there is a clear winner in experience terms with the Gloucester veteran poised to win his 67th cap on November 6.

When asked who is his closest rival for raw pace, 23-year-old Radwan said: “Probably Jonny, he’s absolutely rapid.

“Jonny was massive for me growing up and even now. He’s someone that I look up to and I think he’s an incredible player.

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“The thought of playing alongside him for England is pretty crazy. That’s a massive goal.

“Apparently his preparation is first class. He has all these caps for England and that’s probably why.

“Not only is he class on the pitch, but he does a lot of work off the pitch, too. So that is why he has been one of the best wingers in the world over the past few years.”

Radwan’s Egyptian father moved to England in his 20s and strong links to the African nation remain. “I have a bit of family in Egypt. Most of my family are in England and it’s only my dad and his side who are Egyptian,” said Radwan, who was born in Osmotherley.

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“They had probably never heard of rugby until I started playing it. I still keep in touch with them and speak to them about it.

“I see myself as English. I’m proud to have the roots that I’ve got, but I’m very English.

“I was born in England in a little village in Yorkshire and have lived here all my life – so I’m an Englishman.”

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