England now have an eligible Armitage brother to add to their already impressive squad.
The younger brother of Delon and Steffon, Guy Armitage has been signed by Aviva Premiership side Wasps from Championship club London Welsh, according to Wasps’ official website today.
The younger of the Armitage brothers has been making a name for himself lately for London Welsh, scoring twelve tries in 25 appearances this season.
Like his more famous brothers, who both play for Top 14 and European powerhouse Toulon, Guy is a huge talent and at 6ft 5in and over 17 stone, he is also something of a monster on the field. What sets him apart from his more recognisable brothers is his eligibility to play for England.
Speaking about the addition of Armitage to the squad, Wasps Director of Rugby, Dai Young, said:
“Guy has been one of the stand-out performers in the Championship this season and I’ve been impressed not only by his try-scoring ability, but also his physicality in attack and defence,” he told Wasps.co.uk.
“Watching some of Guy’s games, you can see he has a real hunger to get involved and is able to create chances as well as finish them.”
Armitage is something of an oddity in that despite his size, he fills the role of centre on the field. This makes him a scary proposition for defenders when he has ball in hand. Aged 24, he is, by modern standards, older than usual to be just making the top tier of rugby.
However, what he does bring is physical maturity and strength that would normally take time for a younger player to develop.
Speaking of his move to Wasps, Armitage said:
“It’s great to be joining a very talented group of players and coaching staff at Wasps.”
“Dai Young shows great confidence in his squad and you can see the players have bought into his plan and excelled.
“For sure, it’s an exciting new challenge for me and I feel I am ready.”
While England currently bask in the success of a first Six Nations title since 2011 and look forward to a possible Grand Slam at the weekend, one cannot help but wonder what the likes of a 6ft 5in centre could bring to an England side now bursting with young and exciting talent under the management of the great Jones.
One thing is for sure, the lamentation of not being able to select the older Armitage brothers last year for the World Cup seems like a lifetime ago.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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