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Armitage's court date

Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage has been released from custody at a French police station but will appear in court next month.

The 29-year-old was taken in for questioning along with club team-mate Xavier Chiocci.

Prop Chiocci, 24, was released without charge on Wednesday evening while Armitage was freed on Thursday, but has been ordered to appear in court on February 10.

Local newspaper Varmatin reported that Armitage's court appearance relates to an alleged assault last month after Toulon defeated Leicester in the European Champions Cup.

Toulon announced earlier on Thursday that the two players had been questioned by police and could yet face club sanctions.

A statement on read: "Rugby Club Toulon learned yesterday that two of its players, namely Steffon Armitage and Xavier Chiocci, had been taken into custody.

"Rugby Club Toulon is awaiting the results of the investigation, and will, if appropriate, take the necessary sanctions to preserve the values that are dear to the club."

Armitage, the 2014 European Player of the Year, has won five England caps but was not under consideration for the RBS 6 Nations due to the Rugby Football Union's policy of not selecting overseas-based players.


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