London Irish confirm double Armitage signings

London Irish have confirmed that they have secured contract renewals from two of their most outstanding players, the Armitage brothers, Delon and Steffon.


England Full Back, Delon Armitage, has signed a contract which secures his future with the club until at least the end of the 2011-12 season. Whilst his brother and England Flanker, Steffon has committed for a further three seasons which will see him at the club until 2013.


Commenting on the signings, Toby Booth, London Irish Head Coach, said: “We are delighted. The commitment of Delon and Steffon to London Irish this season has been without doubt. They always give one hundred per cent and play a vital role in making us a force to be reckoned with.


“They are two of the most talented players in rugby at the moment and outstanding at both international and club level. Knowing they are with us for the long haul is a major boost for the squad in terms of confidence, stability and future success.”


Delon, who has been with the club since joining the London Irish Academy in 2002 and who scored a spectacular try when he returned from injury last week against Brive in the Heineken Cup, said: “Signing for London Irish again was not a difficult decision for me.”


“I have been with the club as its success has grown and the future looks exciting – I want to be here to help lift the silverware we rightly deserve.”

 

“The professionalism, opportunities and support offered to players from Academy through to the first team is second to none.”

 

Steffon, who is known for his impressive and enthusiastic on-pitch presence, adds: “Since joining in 2006 my game has gone from strength to strength and I’ve been capped for England. “

 

“I have to hand much of that down to the quality of coaching at Irish.

“There is no other club that I want to be at right now, things can only get better and I’m here to stay!”

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