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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 …

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Toulon’s Best XV Of The Mourad Boudjellal Era

Toulon v Saracens - Heineken Cup Final

When it comes to paying outlandish salaries to southern hemisphere stars whose careers are coming toward a close, nobody does it with as much gusto than Toulon. Take Ma’a Nonu for example, a player who dominated in midfield for the All Blacks, but didn’t reach those heights consistently while playing with either the Hurricanes, Blues or Highlanders. This though didn’t put …

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5 Lions Bolters Warren Gatland Should Consider

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 07: Warren Gatland is announced as the Head Coach of the British & Irish Lions for the 2017 Tour to New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions Press Conference at Standard Life House on September 7, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The British and Irish Lions squad often includes a couple of ‘bolters’ – players who have had limited international exposure and make a late and surprising claim to join the touring party. So who are the candidates to be bolters in 2017? For the purist, Will Greenwood was the last true ‘bolter’ when he toured South Africa in 1997 having …

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Opinion: Why Is No One Calling For Steffon Armitage To Return As England’s Openside?

Steffon Armitage would surely have received a call-up to Eddie Jones’ squad had he moved back to England in the summer. However, given the crisis at openside ahead of the Autumn internationals, why aren’t people calling for his selection as an “exceptional circumstance”? It’s summer 2015. A World Cup is about to be played on home soil and you have been drawn …

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Steffon Armitage On Hating Rugby And Trying To Prove People Wrong

England v Barbarians - MasterCard Trophy Match

Pau flanker Steffon Armitage has revealed that he hated rugby towards the end of his time with Toulon and that he now wants to prove people wrong with Top 14 strugglers Pau. The 31-year-old flanker signed with Pau during the summer after five years with Toulon and in a fascinating interview with Planet Rugby’s Ben Coles, Armitage opens up on …

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Wasps Eye Up Deal For Scottish Flanker

Wasps v Leinster Rugby - European Rugby Champions Cup

Wasps have been very active in the transfer market this summer. After already signing 13 players this summer, it appears that Wasps may not yet be finished adding players to their squad ahead of the new season. Although Dai Young secured the services of quality backs such as Danny Cipriani, Kurtley Beale and Willie le Roux, they have so far been unable …

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England: The Top Three Contenders To Replace James Haskell

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: James Haskell, poses during the England media session held at Pennyhill Park on March 7, 2016 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Last week James Haskell was ruled out for up to six months with a toe injury. This will result in the flanker missing not only the start of the domestic season and the Champions Cup, he will also be missing out on the autumn internationals. This autumn will be the first time Eddie Jones can test his England side against …

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The Superstar XV Leaving Toulon This Summer

Backed by the financial firepower of Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon are one of rugby’s few super clubs. As a result, some of the game’s biggest names have been drawn to the Stade Mayol. However the huge influx of players means that each season, a large number leave the club. While some players like Steffon Armitage leave Toulon after enjoying a trophy laden spell, …

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Three Time All Black Tom Taylor Linked With Move To Pau

Super Rugby Rd 5 - Rebels v Crusaders

Pau are building a squad to compete in the upper echelons of the Top 14. Fresh from officially announcing the capture of Steffon Armitage yesterday, Section Paloise have today been linked with three times capped All Black, Tom Taylor. French regional newspaper, Sud Ouest, are reporting that the utility back could join Pau this summer, after the ambitious club expressed an …

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Steffon Armitage Seals Move Away From Toulon

TOULON, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Steffon Armitage of Toulon takes on Rhys Ruddock during the Heineken Cup quarter final match between Toulon and Leinster at the Felix Mayol Stadium on April 6, 2014 in Toulon, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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 …

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The Cost Of Buying Out Steffon Armitage’s Contract Revealed

Pau recently announced the signing of Steffon Armitage. When Mourad Boudjellal revealed Steffon Armitage had asked to leave Toulon, many commentators presumed that the openside flanker would return to England to resume his international career. As Wasps were reportedly interested in the player, such a suggestion was not without foundation. However, events in France began to move quickly when La Provence reported …

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Five Massive Players Set To Leave Toulon This Summer

Toulon look to be entering a transitional phase. After lifting their third consecutive European Cup in 2015, it seemed as though Toulon were an unstoppable force set to dominate northern hemisphere club rugby for years to come. Indeed, at the beginning of this campaign, Toulon were celebrating the capture of Ma’a Nonu, Quade Cooper, Paul O’Connell, and Duane Vermeulen. However this season …

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Reports Suggest Steffon Armitage Has Signed For A Top 14 Club

Steffon Armitage’s international career looks to be at an end. When the provincial French newspaper,  Sud Ouest, yesterday reported that Steffon Armitage was not only spotted at Pau’s training ground, but considering a contract offer from the lowly Top 14 club, many Wasps fans grew a little concerned. After all, despite a reported offer from newly promoted Pro D2 side, …

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Wasps Bid To Sign Steffon Armitage In Disarray As Surprise Contender Move For The Flanker

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)

Wasps were thought to be leading the chase to sign Steffon Armitage. When Mourad Boudjellal announced that Steffon Armitage had requested to leave Toulon after speaking with Eddie Jones earlier this month, rumours of Wasps interest in the flanker quickly gathered pace. Such speculation was not without basis. As a precursor to Boudjellal’s statement, Midi Olympique claimed that Wasps had  made contact …

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