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Odd couple Jonny May and George Ford can gel for England against Australia

He may not have been the perfect housemate but George Ford would happily accommodate his Leicester team-mate in the England side on Saturday

England’s odd couple will be reunited this week if, as expected, the fit-again Jonny May is involved against Australia on Saturday. The wing and his new Leicester team-mate George Ford have developed an excellent understanding on the pitch but, according to the latter, it will be some time before the “high maintenance” May is invited to stay at his house again.

To assist May following his summer arrival from Gloucester, Ford offered him temporary lodgings only to discover the pair were less than compatible domestically. “He’s such a nice guy but I had to kick him out after three weeks,” said Ford. “We couldn’t do any more otherwise our friendship would have deteriorated. He used to come home, go straight into the lounge, get the TV remote and lie on the sofa as if it was his. That would annoy me straightaway. He’d just treat it like it was his house, which I don’t mind because he’s a mate, but sometimes he would just take it a step too far.”

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