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Toulon swoop for Guy Armitage

London Irish centre Guy Armitage has become the latest member of the family to sign for Toulon after agreeing a three-year deal with the Top 14 club.

The 20-year-old will link up again with his elder brother Steffon, who has been in impressive form for Toulon since moving from London Irish last summer.

Delon Armitage, the out-of-favour England full-back, is expected to follow the same route this summer and join his brothers in the south of France.

All three are familiar with the region after spending time living in Nice.

Guy Armitage represented England Under-20s at last year's Junior World Championship but he would qualify to play for France at the end of his new contract.

"Leaving London Irish after six years has been a really tough decision," said Armitage, who has spent time on loan with London Welsh and London Scottish this season.

"Moving to France for three years will be a huge challenge but one I feel I'm prepared to take on.

"The opportunity to develop further with Bernard Laporte - alongside Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau and Mathieu Bastareaud - is one I felt I couldn't pass up."

Toulon currently have a strong English contingent on their books including Steffon Armitage, Simon Shaw and Wilkinson, with Andrew Sheridan joining next season.


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