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Sibling rivalry spurs Armitage on

Steffon Armitage
Steffon Armitage is included in the England Saxons squad

London Irish flanker Steffon Armitage is keen to emulate his older brother Delon's international success by working his way into the England squad.

Steffon was left out of the 32-man elite squad despite widely being tipped to star in the Six Nations.

And he told BBC Radio Berkshire: "There was a hint - just for a split second - of feeling sorry for myself.

"But then I was just happy that he got in and showed that he belongs there. Hopefully one day I'll join him."

Steffon pointed out that although he is determined to break into the England squad, his focus remains on playing for London Irish.

"I've always said that if it doesn't happen, then I've just got to wait till next time," he continued.

"I haven't been thinking about it during game-time or the build-up.

"The only thing I concentrate on is performing at the weekend. If I don't perform, then what chance do I have of getting into the England squad?

"If it comes it's another bonus for me. I've got my fingers crossed. I'll be ready."

Laurel and Hardy
The Armitage Brothers?

Despite being brothers, Delon and Steffon are very different shapes, playing full-back and flanker respectively.

Steffon said both had had to work on their differing physiques.

"I've said for the last two years to him that he should be there.

"He's been working hard, getting bigger - because they told him he was too small - and he deserved it.

"In the past they told me I was too big...we're like Laurel and Hardy."

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