'Abnormal' doping test for Armitage

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Steffon Armitage has produced an 'abnormal' doping test
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Steffon Armitage has produced an 'abnormal' doping test

Toulon flanker Steffon Armitage has produced an "abnormal" doping test result - but his club insist he has not taken a banned substance.

The 26-year-old, who has played five times for England, was informed on Wednesday of the issue arising from a test taken after June 9's Top 14 final at the Stade de France.

But a club statement released on Thursday insists the result was caused by approved painkillers and anti-inflammatories prescribed for back pain and that Armitage "has absolutely not taken any illegal substance to improve his performance".

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