JONNY MAY will face off against the mighty South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final, just a week after knocking reigning champions New Zealand off their perch.

But at least the winger knows how to play rugby, as opposed to being a diplomat following a strange letter from North Korea.

Jonny May has had the dubious honour of being cordially invited to North Korea by the country’s government
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Why has Jonny May been invited to North Korea?

The North Koreans’ interest in Jonny May appears to stem back to an interview England team-mate Ben Te’o gave to The Telegraph in February 2017.

Te’o said the pair had watched a lot of documentaries on the hermit state and discussed how to bring peace to the region over many a cup of coffee.

But in November of that year, May received a letter from the North Korean government asking him to have a go at putting his ideas into practice.

The Leicester winger told the Daily Mail: “There was this letter waiting for me with a wax stamp on it, the full works, saying ‘private, confidential.”

Kim Jong-un apparently believes that the England rugby winger holds the key to peace in the Korean Peninsula
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“It said, ‘Hi Jonny. We’ve seen that you and Ben Te’o are interested in our country and we’d love to arrange a trip up to the embassy for you, to meet all our president’s dignitaries, then we can organise a VIP tour to North Korea’.

“I sent the picture to Ben saying, ‘What the hell is going on? Is this a wind-up?’. He said, ‘No, I’ve had one too, they’re watching us!’.

“That’s what’s scary, they do watch out like that, they have a Google alert. When anyone is talking about North Korea, it will pop up.

“I haven’t been to the embassy. I’m actually worried about it. I didn’t write back.”

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Who is Jonny May?

Jonny May was born in Swindon and came through the ranks at Gloucester, where he scored 250 points in 121 matches.

The winger then joined Leicester in 2017, where he continues to show just why he is so highly rated in the England camp.

May made his international debut against Argentina in 2013 in a 51-26 win.

He played every match in the Six Nations the following year and has been a regular fixture in the team since Eddie Jones took over in 2015.

He now heads into the Rugby World Cup final with 27 tries under his belt – including two against Australia in the quarter-finals – and with a 52nd cap on the way.

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