Steffon Armitage

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Steffon Armitage
Full name Steffon Elvis Armitage
Date of birth (1985-09-20) 20 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 103 kg (16 st 3 lb)
School Ivybridge Community College
Notable relative(s) Delon Armitage
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position No. 8
Youth clubs
Richmond
Racing Rugby Club de Nice
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2006
2006–2011
2011–
Saracens
London Irish
Toulon
5
134
129
(15)
(135)
(120)
correct as of 9 May 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008–
2009–
England A
England

5

(0)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
England

Steffon Armitage (born 20 September 1985 in San Fernando, Trinidad) is a rugby union player for RC Toulon in the Top 14.

Career[edit]

Armitage plays as a No. 8. He is known for his strength, speed and his effectiveness in ruck turnovers.

He grew up in the south of France, where he and his brothers played for Rugby Nice Côte d'Azur Université-Racing.

He was a member of the England Saxons squad that won the 2008 Churchill Cup.[1] On 1 July 2008 he was again selected for the England Saxons squad.[2]

He was called up for the England elite squad ahead of the 2009 Six Nations Championship to replace the injured Lewis Moody,[3] making his full international debut against Italy in the opening game.[4] He started both matches in England's drawn two test series against Argentina in June 2009.[5]

In July 2012, Armitage was provisionally suspended for abnormal drug test results.[6] Nonetheless, Steffon could play all the games of the new season with Toulon, both in Top 14 and H Cup. In November, Armitage was cleared of the doping charge.[7] 19 November, Armitage was designated as best foreign player by the Oscars of Midi Olympique (French Rugby Newspaper) playing for his first season in France 27 matches, 4 times only as substitute and scoring 7 tries.[8][9] In May 2013 he played as a replacement as Toulon won the 2013 Heineken Cup Final by 16–15 against Clermont Auvergne.[10]

On 26 May 2014, it was announced that he had been named 2013–14 ERC European Player of the Year.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England Saxons put Scots to sword to retain Barclays Churchill Cup". RFU. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Tindall left out of England squad". BBC. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Armitage replaces injured Moody". BBC. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "England 36–11 Italy". BBC. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Argentina 24–22 England". BBC. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 7 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Steffon Armitage provisionally suspended after drug test result". Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Steffon Armitage cleared of doping charge by French Rugby". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Steffon Armitage designated as best foreign player". Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "Steffon Armitage Profile". Itsrugby.co.uk. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Toulon claim Heineken Cup glory". ESPN. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Steffon Armitage named ERC European Player of the Year". BBC. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "Steffon Armitage of Heineken Cup champions, RC Toulon, has been named ERC European Player of the Year 2014.". ERC. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 

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