RAF's Josh McNally (left) during England debut vs USA at Twickenham

Josh McNally: RAF Star Makes Milestone Debut For England Rugby

RAF's Josh McNally (left) during England debut vs USA at Twickenham

RAF rugby union star Josh McNally made his debut for England on Sunday in a 43-29 win over the United States, becoming the first male RAF rugby player to play for the national side since 1996.

Playing lock, the Royal Air Force weapons technician was one of eight uncapped players to represent England for the first time, and among 12 uncapped members of the squad.

With the British and Irish Lions teams having taken those regular England players out of contention, Sunday's game proved an opportunity for head coach Eddie Jones to give some new selections a chance to prove themselves.

Although a win for England, the game did demonstrate that some areas – like maul defence – need improving ahead of the side's game on Saturday against Canada.

In a tweet on Monday morning, McNally said: "What a day. What a feeling. Thanks for all the messages and support."

The 30-year-old was called up to the England training squad last month and has been a major part of the RAF's team for the past few years.

McNally won the Air Force's Sportsman of the Year award in 2018 – the same year he made his comeback following heart surgery, beforejoining Bath in 2019.

Cover image: Josh McNally (left) in action on his England debut (Picture: Action Plus Sports Images/Alamy Live News).