Steffon Armitage is plotting a sensational switch of allegiance to France which could see him come back to haunt England at next year’s Rugby World Cup.


The Rugby Paper understands Toulon’s star back rower is exploring the possibility of representing Les Bleus after being alerted to a loophole in the IRB’s Olympic Sevens qualifying regulations which allows ‘capped’ players the opportunity to swap countries.


Under the terms of the IRB’s little-publicised exemption, introduced with Sevens in mind, any player who has not played for 18 months for one of the ‘capped’ teams in the nation they have already played for and holds a passport for another country, can represent that other country in next season’s Sevens World Series and then be eligible to play 15s for them as well.

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