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Steffon Armitage urges RFU to change tack on English players overseas

• RFU has stood firm on not picking players based outside England
• Armitage: ‘Players need to feel like they’ve got a right to achieve’

Steffon Armitage has called on the Rugby Football Union to stop punishing English players who move abroad by refusing to select them for international duty, claiming Nick Abendanon, David Strettle and Chris Ashton should be rewarded for taking the plunge overseas.

Armitage also said that despite coming close to a move back to Bath before the 2015 World Cup, and Wasps last summer, he has had no contact from Eddie Jones; the England head coach recently admitted he has only ever been turned down by one player, who is based in France.

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