London Welsh team captain Tom May calls time on a 16-year career this afternoon and insists he does not care that he could be a part of, statistically, the Aviva Premiership’s worst team in history.

The 36-year-old, who has won two England caps, is expected makes his 247th Premiership appearance today when Saracens visit Oxford’s Kassam Stadium.

Welsh must beat Sarries –who have to win themselves to stand a chance of making the play-off semi-finals – to avoid picking up just one bonus point all season and the unwanted record that goes with it – the lowest points tally in Premiership history.

A victory would see them surpass Rotherham Titans’ tally of three points in 2003/04, but Welsh have not picked up a competitive victory in 11 months.

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They could also concede 1,000 league points in a season if Saracens put at least 47 on the board.

While the results have not improved under new head coach Rowland Phillips, the performances have and a bit of pride has been restored at the Oxfordbased club.

For May he is more concerned about ensuring he and his teammates leave the field knowing they could have offered nothing more.

“I don’t care what anybody says, it is just a statistic,” he said.

“You don’t get a feel for what is going on. I will leave it for other people to say – that’s fine.

“We may finish like that, but I don’t frankly care.

“We have given everything we can and we have let ourselves down at times, but we have earned some respect where it has been due.”

The former Newcastle Falcons, Toulon and Northampton Saints centre led Welsh back to the topflight last year from the Greene King IPA Championship.

May could have retired at the end of last season, but the lure of Premiership rugby was too good to refuse.

He added: “Having got to the Premiership I wanted to give it another year.

“It provided me with a fantastic opportunity and I have really enjoyed being a part of a great bunch of players.

“When I said I was going to retire it was quite a long time ago, but it was far enough away I did not have to worry about it.

“It is quite scary, but I am fairly prepared for it.”