Don Armand rugby player
Don Armand rugby player

Don Armand

23rd Sep 1988 1.91m/110kg Blindside Flanker

Armand was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. His parents were hypericum farmers, a product which they shipped off to Holland for distribution in Europe.

He started playing rugby aged 7. A sports fanatic, Armand also enjoyed hockey, tennis and a host of other sports at Highlands Junior school.

At 13, the family moved to Pietermaritzburg in South Africa due to the land invasions of Robert Mugabe's government. Moving to a similiar climate so the family business could continue.

Armand attended Maritzburg College and received a rugby scholarship to UCT to study chartered accountancy.

He represented Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup. He tasted success with the Western Province Vodacom Cup team and later in 2012, helped Western Province to the Currie Cup title.

On 17th July 2013, Exeter Chiefs announced the signing of Armand from Stormers on a two-year deal. The versatile back row struggled to find regular game time with the franchise.

Armand made his Exeter debut against Leicester Tigers in the Premiership in September 2013. He appeared 11 times in his first season, mostly as a replacement.

His second season with the club he made 10 starts in the league & enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2015-16 appearing 21 times domestically.

On July 10th, 2016, Armand became one of three Saxons players to sign a deal with Chiefs, committing his three-year future with the Premiership club.

Armand was an influential figure as Exeter Chiefs won the 2016-17 Premiership campaign, being named Man of the Match in the final at Twickenham.

In May 2017, Armand made his debut for England in the two-Test summer tour of Argentina & was included in the England squad for the 2018 Six Nations.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Armand has had 25 European Cups appearances scoring 8 tries and 40 points.

(16/3/18)
ML 10/10/18

Career

exeter Exeter Chiefs
Blindside Flanker
2013 - present
Maritzburg College logo Maritzburg College
Openside Flanker
UCT UCT Ikeys
Openside Flanker
2008 - 2012
image Western Province
No 5 Lock
stormers Stormers
No 5 Lock
England Saxons
Blindside Flanker
2016 - 2016
england England
Blindside Flanker
2017 - 2018