Application, work rate and terrific ball-carrying skills hallmark Don Armand’s game, which was illustrated when he won the Peter Deakin Medal as man of the match after his club Exeter Chiefs beat Wasps in the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham in May. The following month, he made his Test debut in the victory over Argentina at San Juan.
He arrived at Exeter initially on a two-year deal in 2013 from Super 15 franchise Western Stormers and signed a new contract this March that extends until 2019. Don was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, schooled at Maritzburg College in Natal and made his England Saxons debut in the 32-24 win over South Africa A at the Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein in June last year.
He represented the University of Cape Town Rugby Club, alias the ‘Ikeys’ from 2008 and was part of the 2011 Varsity Cup winning team. Don made his Western Province debut in 2012 during their Currie Cup winning season.
“I’m loving it here in England,” he said. “All I heard before I came here was that it was called ‘Mud Island’ and rained 24/7.” Don was shortlisted for the Aviva Premiership Player of the Year award in May last year. He also helped the club to reach the 2016 Premiership final against Saracens, has made 61 appearances in the competition and scored eight tries.
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Last updated: 12 June 2017