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Delon Armitage dropped from England Saxons

Armitage dropped from England Saxons
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Delon Armitage is axed from the England Saxons squad following allegations of assault.

Delon Armitage has been dropped by the England Saxons squad after being arrested on suspicion of assault.

The London Irish fullback has been suspended after he was arrested on Saturday in Torquay on suspicion of assault following an incident in a nightclub.

England interim head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "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."

London Irish released a statement saying: "London Irish is extremely disappointed to hear about the incident involving Delon whilst on England Saxons release period and take these matters extremely seriously.

"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 28-year-old has been released on bail by Devon & Cornwall Police.

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