December 16, 2008
England fans have voted newcomer Delon Armitage as England's undisputed 2008 Investec Challenge Man of the Series.
The London Irish full back was a clear favourite, bagging 83% of the votes in the survey conducted by the England Rugby Supporters Club and sponsor Investec.
Second was Harlequins No 8 Nick Easter (6%), with third place going to London Wasps flanker Tom Rees, the choice of 5% of fans.
Said Armitage, "I was delighted to make my debut for England last month and it is very pleasing that so many people thought I played well.
"This endorsement from the England supporters themselves and Investec is a real bonus and is one that I very much appreciate."
Said Jennifer Whiteford, Head of Branding at Investec, "We are very pleased that Delon has been voted the 2008 Investec Challenge Man of the Series.
Being voted the most significant player in his debut England matches shows the potential that Delon has, and we look forward to seeing him in the future.
About the England Rugby Supporters Club
The England Rugby Supporters Club is England Rugby's official fan club. Formed in February 2003 it has over 25,000 adult members and almost 1,500 juniors. It is owned by the RFU and all proceeds are invested back into the development of the game. Further information ,including how to join, is available from www.rfu.com/ersc or www.rfu.com/jsc.
Annual membership of the ERSC costs �39 (adults) and �28 (junior). Membership comes in a gift box and can be bought from The Rugby Store, Twickenham Stadium, online at www.store.rfu.com or by phone on 0871 663 1863.
Investec is an international specialist banking group that focuses on delivering distinctive profitable solutions for its clients in Private Client Activities, Capital Markets, Investment Banking, Asset Management and Property Activities. The group was established in 1974 and currently has approximately 5 900 permanent employees.
Investec has been a sponsor of the England team since 1998.