Guy Armitage move to Toulon confirmed
Tuesday 06th Mar 2012
James Grant can confirm that rugby client Guy Armitage will move from London Irish to French Top 14 side Toulon.
Guy - the younger brother of England internationals Delon and Steffon Armitage - has signed a three-year contract with Toulon who he will join this summer.
At the end of the contract, Guy - who represented England at the 2011 Junior World Championships in Italy - will be eligible to represent the France national team.
Explaining the reasons for his move, Guy, 20, said: "Leaving London Irish after six years has been a really tough decision.
"I'd particularly like to thank Neal Hatley who has supported me without fail throughout my time here. It has been great working with him and Justin Bishop in the Academy set-up at Sunbury.
“Moving to France for three years will be a huge challenge but one I feel I'm prepared to take on. The opportunity to develop further with Bernard Laporte - alongside Jonny Wilkinson, Matt Giteau and Mathieu Bastareaud - is one I felt I couldn't pass up.”
Neal Hatley, London Irish Academy Manager, added: “We are disappointed that Guy will moving on at the end of the season but we fully understand the strong lure of playing alongside family. It has been fantastic to see him develop as a player throughout his years at London Irish and we wish him all the very best for the future.”