European Rugby Player of the Year announces commitment to play in Major League Rugby for San Diego Legion

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SAN DIEGO, July , PRNewswire — San Diego Legion, a Major League Rugby franchise, announced its first new player signing for the season in superstar England representative and former European Player of the Year, Steffon Armitage. 

Armitage has had an illustrious career to date including international honors for England  –  and + professional games in England and France, winning  European Cup Championships titles. 

I m excited to play in the fastest growing rugby competition in the world,  said Armitage. San Diego has a very strong team and fantastic culture and I look forward to becoming part of the Legion with hopes of delivering America s Finest City the MLR title in .

MLR Coach of the Year and San Diego Legion Head Coach, Rob Hoadley, added  Steffon is a world class player who has proven himself to be one of the greats in the European club game. We are incredibly excited to have him join San Diego Legion in . His talent and leadership will be a perfect addition to the Legion organization.

Armitage will be joining the team at the commencement of pre-season training this December. As the first player announcement of the season, the Legion to announce the remainder of its squad over the next few weeks. 

Laurent Koscielny is considering a number of offers from LIgue clubs as he is unsure of his place in Arsenal s long-term plans.

The France international centre-back s contract with the Gunners expires next summer, and The Mirror believe he wants long-term security that Arsenal are unwilling to guarantee.

That security may come from Bordeaux, who have made an offer to the -year-old, believed to be a two-year contract with an option for a third.

Lyon and Rennes are the other French clubs the paper identifies as having an interest in the stopper.

Arsenal may keep hold of their former captain though, as they look to offload other defenders.

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