Pau have announced the signing of highly-rated Toulon back-row Steffon Armitage. The 30-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the French outfit.
Pau’s official website said the deal had been agreed for several days already, but was not confirmed as various bits of paperwork required for Armitage’s transfer had not been completed yet. However, those issues have been corrected and the ex-Saracens man, who has only represented England in five Tests, will leave Toulon at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Armitage moved to Toulon from English side London Irish back in 2011 and has been instrumental in the Top 14 club’s achievements over the past five years, in which time they’ve dominated both at home and on the continent.
During his tenure at Toulon, Armitage was awarded European Player of the Year in 2014 and he also won three European titles on the bounce with Toulon from 2013 to 2015.
Armitage had been touted as England’s saviour but didn’t manage to make it into the side and it looks as though his brief flirt with international rugby will come to an end now.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena