Delon and Steffon Armitage up for awardsBy Steve Williams
April 24, 2009
London Irish’s England internationals Delon and Steffon Armitage have both been nominated for honours in the Professional Rugby Players’ Association awards.
The brothers, who made their England debuts earlier this season, feature on shortlists released ahead of the May 13 awards ceremony.
Full-back Delon starred for England throughout the autumn Tests and Six Nations Championship.
He said: “It’s a tremendous honour to be nominated by my peers for this award, and for Steffon and I both to be nominated is a fabulous surprise and a proud moment for our family.”
London Irish colleague Seilala Mapusua, Northampton back Ben Foden, Newcastle fly-half Tom May and Sale Sharks back-row forward Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe have also been shortlisted.
Steffon Armitage will contest the young player of the year award, with Foden, Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care, Leicester flanker Tom Croft and Quins centre Jordan Turner-Hall.
Steffon said: “This has been a remarkable season for me, which will hopefully continue beyond this weekend.
“To be nominated alongside the outstanding names on this list is a privilege I am proud and humble to receive.
“This season has been better than I dared to dream.”
* Delon Armitage was at the centre of a racism storm this week when ex-England manager Dick Best made what he thought was an off-air comment prior to the British Lions selection.
Best was asked by Sky Sports about his choice of Armitage being picked ahead of Ireland’s Tommy Bowe, and he said: “You’ve always got to have a coloured boy in the team.”
Irish spokesman Paddy Lennon said: “Delon wants to stay out of it and we want to stay out of it. We’ve got far too many other important issues to concentrate on.”