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Lancaster meets Armitage brothers

23rd April 2014 10:36

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Toulon s Steffon Armitage C tries to break through a tackle from Exeter

Steffon Armitage: Good enough for England?

According to reports in the French press, England head coach Stuart Lancaster has visited Toulon to meet with the Armitage brothers.

Younger brother Steffon Armitage has been in scintillating form for the reigning European champions but England's rules on the non-eligibility of foreign-based players mean that both he and brother Delon, who has 26 Test caps, are not in contention for a place in the squad to travel to New Zealand in June.

Steffon, who has five caps, was man of the match as Toulon brushed aside Leinster to set up a Heineken semi-final against Munster and there have been calls from many quarters for 28-year-old flanker to be included in Lancaster's 2015 World Cup plans.

Reports in L'Equipe and on the Toulon supporters club website claim that Lancaster came to Toulon to meet the exiled brothers, sparking speculation that a change in policy may be on the cards.

Steffon signed a three-year contract extension with Toulon last November but has always insisted he will be available for England should he be selected.

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