|Weight||103kg (16st 3lb)|
|Caps||5 Test appearances|
Predatory skills, power and pace hallmarked the rise of Steffon Armitage into England’s senior ranks.
He shared in the Saxons’ 2008 Churchill Cup triumph, their fourth in six years and again figured in the Saxons’ squad named by Martin Johnson in July that year before being promoted to the Elite Player squad in January 2009 after Leicester’s Lewis Moody fractured an ankle.
It also rewarded Steffon’s irrepressible displays for London Irish, the club he had joined in 2006 after two seasons in the Saracens Academy. His vigorous foraging and other talents prompted his nomination for the 2009 PRA Young Player of the Year award and more recently a club contract until 2013.
His first cap was in the 36-11 win over Italy in February 2009 less than a fortnight after his introduction to the squad and in doing so, he and full back Delon became the first pair of brothers to figure in the same England side since Rory and Tony Underwood last took the field together in the 1995 Five Nations Championship.
Steffon went on to help the Irish to reach the Guinness Premiership final for the first time and subsequently started both Tests against Argentina at Old Trafford and Salta. He also started the tour match in June 2010 against the Australian Barbarians in Gosford before scoring an early try against New Zealand Maori at Napier.
It was a distant echo from his initial days as a member of the Richmond under eights’ team. When his family moved to France, he played for Racing Club de Nice before returning to Devon, studying at Ivybridge Community College and spending a brief spell with Brixham.
Former Esher centre Bevon, another of Steffon’s four brothers, appeared for the Doncaster Knights’ side that finished fifth in 2008-09 in what was then National League One. Bevon is now with Moseley while Guy, another sibling who also plays centre, is a new member of this season’s England Under 20 squad and the London Irish Academy.