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Steffon Armitage Set To Play Against England For The Barbarians

TOULON, FRANCE - DECEMBER 13: Steffon Armitage of Toulon looks on during the European Rugby Champions Cup pool three match between RC Toulon and Leicester Tigers at Felix Mayol Stadium on December 13, 2014 in Toulon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Former England flanker Steffon Armitage is set to return to international rugby, albeit against the Red Rose.

The 31-year-old left the international fold when he left London Irish to join Toulon in 2011, and while he enjoyed large amounts of success in France, RFU rules meant that he was unable to add to his five England caps.

However, Armitage, now at fellow Top 14 side Pau, is set to resume international duty by playing for the Barbarians against England later this month having agreed to play for the Baa Baas in the traditional fixture, as reported by Mailsport.

Armitage had been linked with a move back to England once his spell at Toulon was coming to an end last year, with Wasps among the Premiership sides that had taken a strong interest in bringing the openside back home, but his decision to stay in France scuppered Eddie Jones’ hopes of recruiting him to the international setup.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 30: Paul Sackey of Barbarians closes down Steffon Armitage of England during the MasterCard Trophy match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on May 30, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Nonetheless, Jones will get to see Armitage up close in a few weeks, even if it for the opposition. His experimental England side, minus the 16 players on Lions duty but with a large contingent of uncapped players in tow, will face the Barbarians on May 28th before embarking on a tour of Argentina in June.

(Indeed, given the fact that almost half of Jones’ squad are uncapped, it seems likely that Armitage will have more England caps than most of their starting XV in the fixture.)

The Baa Baas meanwhile, under the watch of former Scotland coach Vern Cotter, have also named the likes of Adam Ashley-Cooper, Will Genia, Facundo Isa and Census Johnston for the invitational fixture at Twickenham.

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