Armitage urges England to change selection policy

Ex-England international Steffon Armitage has urged England bosses to end the ban on selecting stars based overseas that ended his Test career prematurely six years ago.

“I would definitely say they should lift that ban,” said Armitage, who will line up against England for the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.


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“Players need to feel like they’ve got a right to and achieve better, to want better. Rugby careers are really short and you’re taking that right away from them.

“Quite a lot of them are going to look back and say ‘what if’ and you should never have that throughout your career. You should be happy with what you’ve achieved.

“Most of those guys as well believe that they are taking a massive risk as well.



“They are taking their whole family and are moving to a different country.

“That’s actually showing that those guys have got some guts and they want to become better players. It might work, it might not work but they are willing to give it a go. I’m for it, I’m for the guys being available, wherever they want to play.”

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