Kyle Eastmond playing for Bath in 2012
|Full name||Kyle Eastmond|
|Date of birth||17 July 1989|
|Place of birth||Oldham, Greater Manchester, England|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (13 st 5 lb) (183 lb) |
|School||The Radclyffe School|
|Rugby league career|
|Rugby union career|
Kyle Eastmond is a professional rugby union and former rugby league player who currently plays for Wasps. He previously played for St. Helens in Super League and internationally for England. Eastmond has been compared to Australian international Scott Prince, because of his darting runs to the line and a good kicking game. He has also got a keen eye for a gap in the defensive line.
Rugby League career
During high school kyle Eastmond began his rugby career playing rugby league for Oldham St Annes but in 2007, Kyle Eastmond was promoted to training with the St. Helens first team squad.
In 2008, he was given the number 24 jersey and made a spectacular early impression in the traditional Good Friday fixture with Wigan, scoring a late try and a goal. He made 13 appearances in this season scoring 6 tries. He was then compared to Jason Robinson for his general attributes, and with his size finds it easy to duck under any oncoming opposition which helped him make 778m.
In 2009, Kyle became an influential player for the St. Helens side. He may have played one less game than in 2008, but he scored 8 tries, 30 goals (18 more than the previous year), 7 try assists, he gained 899m and made more clean breaks. Kyle capped off an impressive year in 2009 by scoring all of Saints' 10 points in the 2009 Super League Grand Final defeat to Leeds.
He was then selected for England in the 2009 Four Nations tournament and made his international debut against Wales in a warm-up game. In December 2009, Eastmond signed a new two-year contract with St Helens that ended at the end of the 2011 Super League season.
After Sean Long left St. Helens to join Hull F.C. at the end of the 2009 season, Kyle became the new number 7 for Saints. He started the year very well before injuries hit him for the 2nd half of the season. Although he still managed to make 19 appearances scoring 15 tries. He scored 63 goal kicks missing 18, and kicked 2 drop goals. He made a total of 1615m. Every time he came back from injury he seem to aggravate it. Therefore, meaning he missed the Grand Final defeat to Wigan. Matty Smith, now of Wigan, returned from his loan spell at Salford for the play-offs and featured in the final.
In early 2011 Eastmond was linked with a move to Rugby Union. Kyle started the season poorly and with fans getting on his back. However, on 28 February 2011 both the club and coach Royce Simmons, confirmed he was to leave Saints. It was revealed that Kyle had signed a three-year deal with Bath Rugby, Eastmond has promised to be 100% committed to his current club for the rest of the season. Commenting on the move, Bath Director of Rugby Sir Ian McGeechan said he envisions Eastmond playing at centre.
On 16 March 2011 it was announced on the St. Helens website that he had been suspended by the club pending an investigation into serious misconduct. The club also said that no further comments will be made until the completion of the investigation. It was confirmed by the club that he made an inappropriate gesture to his home fans, and it looked unlikely he would ever play in the red V again, especially after the emergence of scrum-half sensation Jonny Lomax and stand-off Lee Gaskell. He was dropped to the under-18s team. However injuries struck Saints, and they called upon Kyle to fill in. He was playing under difficult circumstances, with Saints fans booing him with every touch of the ball, however he made a decent return. In July 2011 he successfully made the switch from the halfbacks to fullback, scoring 2 tries against Wakefield Trinity on 9 July. Since then Kyle has regained his confidence and is playing in a similar way to the 2008-09 seasons. He has so far managed 15 appearances and scored 5 tries, but reduced to just 4 goal kicks (3 missed kicks) due to Jamie Foster replacing him as the club's kicker.
Rugby Union career
Kyle joined Bath, when he moved in October 2011, after his contract finished at Saints. In 2013, Kyle was selected to play for the England Saxons. During the 13/14 season, Eastmond formed a crucial partnership with George Ford, which led to Baths resurgence to the top of Aviva Premiership. After a poor season by the whole team he left Bath.
Eastmond was selected in the England squad to tour America in the summer of 2013. He played his first game in the uncapped match against Barbarians on 26 May 2013, scoring a try shortly after coming off the bench as a replacement.
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