Adam Radwan reveals goal of forming England twin strike force with Jonny May

‘I am excited to learn from Jonny, who was massive for me growing up and even now is someone I look up to and think is an incredible player’

Radwan steps Tom Willis during Newcastle’s recent defeat of Wasps

If all goes to plan English sport will next month hail another ‘Egyptian king’ running down the wing.

For Mo Salah at Liverpool read Adam Radwan, Newcastle Falcons’ 23-year-old rugby star.

Radwan, whose dad’s side of the family comes from Port Said, two hours from Cairo, considers himself “very English”.

But it did not stop Eddie Jones acclaiming the Yorkshire-born flyer as “probably the first Egyptian that is going to play for England”.

That was before his Red Rose debut against Canada in July where he responded with a hat-trick of tries and man of the match.

With the touring British and Irish Lions distracting rugby’s focus away from Twickenham, Radwan’s achievement went largely unheralded.

But all eyes will be on him if he comes through next week’s training camp in Jersey and is picked for next month’s Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa.

Mo Salah in midweek Champions League action against Atletico Madrid


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Radwan said: “It will be another step up and will be really difficult, but I don’t mind getting my head down and working hard.

“I like a challenge and I am excited to be able to learn from Jonny May, who was massive for me growing up and even now is someone I look up to and think is an incredible player.

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

Radwan shows Harlequins a clean pair of heels


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Radwan was born in the North Yorks village of Osmotherley and played his early rugby at Middlesbrough.

“I am proud to have the roots that I have but I am very English,” he said. “I have lived here all my life – so I am an Englishman.”

His junior career took him on to Billingham before Newcastle picked him up then released him.

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards


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“I put absolutely all my eggs in the basket of being a professional rugby player and I never gave up on the dream,” he said.

“I knew I was good enough, I just didn’t know if it would be for Newcastle or how long it would take to get back into their set-up.”

The answer was not long, after Newcastle saw him rip it up for Billingham in a 99-7 win over Firwood Waterloo.

England try scorer Jonny May with a spectacular finish against Italy last season


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They stuck him straight in their second team two days later, Radwan scored a dazzling try and the next morning Dean Richards signed him up.

Fifty one games later Radwan, who misses today’s trip to Gloucester, has 38 Falcons tries to his name, 10 in 21 Premiership appearances.

And with Anthony Watson ruled out of the autumn and Six Nations by a ruptured ACL, England fans are licking their lips at the prospect of him and May on the wide outside.

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