Trouble rocks English rugby again as Armitage is arrested over alleged assault
Delon Armitage has been arrested over allegations of assault in the latest incident involving an England player.
The London Irish full-back, who was part of the team that flopped at the World Cup, is being probed by Devon and Cornwall police.
He was detained over an incident in a Torquay nightclub early on Sunday morning.
Arrest: Delon Armitage is being probed by police for an 'assault'
Armitage, who was snubbed for the Six Nations squad, has now been axed from the Saxons.
He had been released from the England
Saxons camp following the international match against the Ireland
Wolfhounds in Exeter on Saturday.
An RFU statement read: 'The London Irish full-back was released from the England Saxons camp following the international match against the Ireland Wolfhounds on January 28.
'He was later arrested in Torquay on suspicion of assault following an altercation in a nightclub, interviewed and then released on police bail while inquiries continue.'
England's interim coach Stuart Lancaster added: 'We take issues surrounding the behaviour of England players very seriously, and as such have decided to suspend Delon from the Saxons EPS pending the result of the police inquiry. We will then consider if further action is appropriate under the EPS code of conduct.
'High standards of behaviour are required from England players on and off the field, and they also need to understand that they should not put themselves in a potentially vulnerable position or environment.'
Armitage's club released a statement that read: 'London Irish is extremely disappointed to hear about the incident involving Delon while on an England Saxons release period, and takes these matters extremely seriously.
Axed: Armitage played for Saxons against Irish Wolfhounds on Saturday
'We fully understand the RFU stance
on this matter, and will convene our own internal investigation to
procure a full understanding of the matter in question, the outcome of
which will determine any further action.
'Player conduct is a direct representation of the club and, therefore, inappropriate conduct will be strongly acted upon.'
The incident comes in the same month that
Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care was told he would not be considered for
England Six Nations selection this season following his arrest for
drink-driving on New Year's Day.
Care subsequently appeared before
Southampton magistrates, where he admitted a drink-driving charge, He
was fined 3,000 and banned from driving for 16 months.
The 28-year-old has had a year of almost unremitting turbulence and trouble.
Most of the problems have been of a
disciplinary nature and they began last January with an eight-week ban
for pushing and verbally abusing a doping officer.
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Since then, Armitage has served further
time for punching Stephen Myler of Northampton (three weeks), a
dangerous tackle on Scotland’s Chris Paterson (one week), and the
combined charge of a dangerous tackle on Tom Biggs and striking Dave
Attwood with a knee during a game against Bath at the Madejski Stadium
Armitage admitted last week that his recent record has been unacceptable and that it has left him trying to rebuild his reputation.
He said: ‘I might get things wrong on the field but I’m a passionate player. I know I’ve got it wrong more than others but it now feels like I’m being victimised. I’ve seen worse things in other games that haven’t been pulled up. Once you’ve made a name for yourself it’s hard to lose it.’
Armitage vowed to win back his place after being omitted from the 32-man senior England squad for the Six Nations.
He added: ‘I have not been performing as well as I’d like for my club so I have to get my form back.
'Stuart Lancaster could have left me out completely, but this is another opportunity for me, with the Saxons. I still have a massive desire to be involved with England.’