European Champions Cup: Toulon’s Delon Armitage ruled out of final

English back out for four weeks with broken wrist on the same day his brother Steffon is shortlisted for European player of the year

Delon Armitage will miss the European Champions Cup final after fracturing his hand during the semi-final.

The English back is expected to be out for four weeks, with Toulon boss Bernard Laporte ruling him out of the 2 May clash with French rivals Clermont Auvergne at Twickenham.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury in the defending champions’ 25-20 semi-final win against Leinster in Marseille.

Armitage, who scored Toulon’s only try in their 16-15 win over Clermont in the 2013 final, has been plying his trade on the wing since the arrival of Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny in the summer.

With the club aiming to make history with a third successive European title, Australian international Drew Mitchell could replace Armitage in the starting XV after making five appearances in the tournament this season.

The 31-year-old has also been handed a Rugby World Cup lifeline after the Australian Rugby Union changed their policy on the selection of overseas players.

Toulon are also monitoring Juan Smith after the South African flanker went off with a knee injury in the first half.

Smith was replaced by Armitage’s brother Steffon, who was again named on the shortlist for the European player of the year award on Wednesday afternoon after winning the award last year.

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