Rugby

Armitage may return to England

2014-10-14 12:35
Steffon Armitage (File)

London - Steffon Armitage could leave European champion Toulon and return to English club rugby in a bid to make England's squad for next year's Rugby World Cup.

Despite his superb form for Toulon over the past two seasons, the dynamic flanker has been overlooked by England because he plays in France.

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has told the BBC that Armitage "has a contract (with Toulon), but if the England coach says if he plays for Bath or for Saracens then he will play in the World Cup, I think he has to play for these clubs."

Armitage, who is the reigning European player of the year, has played five times for England but not since 2010, and has been exploring the possibility of changing nationalities so he could play for France.

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