Armitage speculation dismissed by Jones

Date published: May 18 2016

England boss Eddie Jones has poured cold water on a possible return for Steffon Armitage to the national side, denying contact has been made with the Toulon flanker.

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal claimed on Monday that Armitage had been in touch with Jones and was eager to return to the Premiership in order to push for more Test caps.

Armitage played five times for England under Martin Johnson before heading to France, where he has won three European Cups and a Top 14 title along with being named European Player of the Year in 2014.

Jones however has dismissed claims that he has spoken with the 30-year-old back-row, with a subtle swipe at Boudjellal to boot.

“You’ve got to remember the bloke who makes the comments writes comic books. I will leave it at that,” Jones toldĀ PA Sport.

“I don’t know whether he writes them or sells them but he has made plenty of money out of them. Batman and Robin won’t be in the team.

“People have false Facebook posts and false Twitter accounts, so I suppose you can have a false phone call.

“I don’t control him. It’s got nothing to do with me. He is not eligible to play for England.”