Leicester Tigers and England wing Jonny May has tonight been named Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for October.

May has been in excellent form for Tigers this season after his summer signing from Gloucester.

He has scored seven tries in seven Premiership matches and 10 tries in nine games – he also scored against Racing 92 and went over the line twice against Castres in the European Champions Club.

World Cup winner Will Greenwood described May as an “absolute poacher with jet heeled shoes”.

“Jonny has looked frighteningly fast and hungry for work with a real edge to his carries,” said Greenwood.

“He has added some weight to his wiry frame but not lost any speed – a dangerous combination.”

Greenwood believes May is working well with an impressive Tigers midfield, adding: “Jonny is loving playing outside George Ford and Matt Toomua and is an absolute poacher with jet heeled shoes.”

May was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in the league over the month.

He was involved in a three-way battle for the latest title, eventually beating Gloucester Rugby’s Henry Trinder and Exeter Chiefs back-rower Don Armand to the title.

Previous winners

October – Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)

September – Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

April – Taulupe Faletau (Bath Rugby)

March – Christian Wade (Wasps)

February – James Short (Exeter Chiefs)

December – Tom Varndell (Bristol Rugby)

November – Freddie Burns (Leicester Tigers)

October – Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

September – Jimmy Gopperth (Wasps)

October – Nick Evans (Harlequins)

November – Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

December – Maro Itoje (Saracens)

January – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)

February – George Smith (Wasps)

March – Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)

April – Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints)

September – Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)

October – Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)

November – Thomas Waldrom (Exeter Chiefs)

December – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)

January – Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)

February – Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)

March – Elliot Daly (Wasps)

April – Joe Simpson (Wasps)

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September – Jacques Burger (Saracens)

October – Samu Manoa (Northampton Saints)

November – George Ford (Bath Rugby)

December – Nick Easter (Harlequins)

January – Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)

February – Vereniki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)

March – Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks)

April – Chris Ashton (Saracens)