Armitage still keen to play for England

Date published: December 14 2015

Steffon Armitage's England ambitions remain as strong as ever, but the Toulon flanker is focusing on his club form after being named Man of the Match on Sunday.

Armitage scored two tries for the European champions as they knocked out Irish giants Leinster with a win at the Stade Felix Mayol.

New England boss Eddie Jones is settling into his new role but has already backed the RFU's stance on not selecting overseas-based players.

However Armitage, 30, plans to keep grafting away with Toulon hoping that a chance will come along.

"I wouldn't say no, but my first thing is to keep playing well for Toulon and keep my place here," Armitage told the EPC Rugby website.

"That's the only way I am going to get anywhere at international level – keep my head down and keep pushing. Who knows what is going to happen in the future."

Reflecting on the match itself, Armitage outlined how the squad had been hungry to bounce back with a strong performance from their shocking opening defeat to Wasps in Round 1.

"We had something to prove after our first game and we wanted to show that we still have got the ambition to go further and to win it four times," he added.

"This is just a stepping stone and hopefully we can come out stronger next week again.

"There is a lot we messed up in the game and a lot we can improve on. It was a tense week coming into this game especially after getting zero points at Wasps.

"I have to thank all the forwards for my tries – it is eight guys together and we all worked really hard for those tries."