Lyon secure two internationals

Date published: March 17 2016

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Lyon have acquired the services of Melbourne Rebels utility back Mike Harris and Toulon full-back Delon Armitage for next season.

The second tier French club are on course to be promoted to the Top 14. They are currently 23 points ahead of second-placed Bayonne in the Pro D2 standings with only seven matches remaining.

Harris has made ten appearances for the Wallabies since his debut in 2012 and Armitage has amassed 26 caps for England but hasn't played since joining Toulon in 2012 based on his country's policy on foreign-based players.

Former Toulon assistant coach, and current Lyon general manager, Pierre Mignoni has denied speculation that the Pro D2 side are trying to poach players from his old club.

"We have good relations with the Toulon president. We have not stolen their players. I prefer to have them with us rather than facing up against us. These players believe in our project and it is very good that they have decided to join us," Pierre Mignoni told the Lyon Official website.

27-year-old Harris has made 60 Super Rugby appearances, first with the Reds before moving to the Melbourne side. 

Mignoni is excited about securing the utility back making mention of his all-round ability and talent.

"He is an excellent goal-kicker, a good creator, and is capable of playing at 10, 12 or 15," explained Mignoni.

"He plays very well at either fly-half or inside centre and that, coupled with his kicking game, gives us a lot of interesting possibilities and a lot of options of the field."

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