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Delon Armitage
Full name Delon Armitage
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 14 st 4 lb (92 kg)
School Richmond College

Delon Armitage (born 15 December 1983) in San Fernando, Trinidad [1] is a player of rugby union whose current position is at wing/full back for London Irish and England. He also occasionally plays center and often does place kicking, mainly from a distance or if the regular kicker is unable to take it.

From 1996 to 2002, Armitage lived in Roquefort-les-Pins on the French Riviera and from the age of 12 Armitage began playing for Rugby Nice Côte d'Azur Université-Racing. [2] Armitage, was rejected by the France Under-16s claiming he was too tall and skinny. [3] On his return to London, Armitage joined Richmond before his current club, London Irish offered him a professional apprenticeship. [4] Armitage joined the Academy in 2002, where he played for the England U19's and was involved in the team that won the U19's National Cup (02-03). From there he progressed to the U21 squad. His talent was recognised and Armitage played for England in the IRB World Sevens tournament 2005. In August 2009 he took part in the Middlesex Sevens tournament in Twickenham where he helped London Irish to victory over Samerai International to take the championship. [5]

England career

On the 8th November 2008 Armitage made his full England debut against the Pacific Islanders at fullback following injuries to Mathew Tait and Nick Abendanon. He put in a man of the match winning performance setting up a try for winger Paul Sackey.[6] English Rugby legend and team manager Martin Johnson described Armitage's debut performance as outstanding. [7]. Armitage was one of the few England players to warrant any praise during the 2008 Autumn Internationals in which England lost three out of their four matches. Armitage scored his first international points with a 45 meter drop goal against Australia.

On the 3rd February 2009, Armitage and his brother, Steffon Armitage, were both named in England's starting XV to take on Italy in the opening game of the 2009 Six Nations. The ninth pair and the first time since Rory Underwood and Tony Underwood stepped onto the field together in 1995 that two brothers have played in the same England team.

In the next match, in the 2009 Six Nations Championship he scored his first try against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. He also scored a penalty and a try in England's 14-13 loss against Ireland at Croke Park. Armitage scored his third England try in as many games when he touched down against France at Twickenham, in a match England went on to win 34-10. He celebrated his try by kissing the England badge on his shirt.

He played in England's two test matches against Argentina, scoring two tries in the first test.

Personal life

Armitage's stepfather John played for Hatfield and encouraged his sons to such an extent that three of them are now professional players. Steffon is with Armitage at Irish and a member of the Saxons squad while Bevon is with National One club Doncaster, and hoping to gain a premiership contract next year with London Saracens. Armitage is the first native West Indian to play rugby union for England. He has two children with his current girlfriend, a son Cameron (born 2007) and a daughter Chloe (born May 2009).

Away from Rugby, Armitage enjoys Cricket and Tennis. His hero is former All Blacks blindside flanker Jerry Collins. [1]

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