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VIDEO – Eastmond delighted with international bow

18 June 2013

  • Centre pleased with manner of second Test win
  • “Each day I’m learning from these great coaches and players” – Eastmond

 

Kyle Eastmond loved every minute of his first England tour and feels a far better player for riding a steep learning curve that ended with a 51-26 win over Argentina in Buenos Aires.

Saturday evening’s series finale marked the Bath Rugby centre’s maiden Test start and he duly punctuated the occasion with a slick second-half score, stepping past a plethora of would-be tacklers before dotting down under the posts.

Modestly passing off his first five-pointer in a full international as “lucky”, Eastmond reiterated the challenge that the resurgent Pumas posed in the opening stages.

He said: “It was tough at first because the Argentineans really brought it to us in the first 20 or 30 minutes, but the boys reacted really well. We came back strong in the first half and really opened up in the second to end the tour in a great way.

Kyle Eastmond

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“It was pretty disappointing to give away those points at the start of the second half, but we really came back and showed what we are all about. We came here trying to get to from two from two and we did that so we’re buzzing.

“We’ve really enjoyed each other’s company over the past four or five weeks and it was good to finish it off the way we did.”

Sparing special praise for Marland Yarde, whom he set up for the second of a debut brace, Eastmond also recognised the industry and dominance of the tourists’ pack at set-piece.

And looking back on what has been a fantastic first stint in Stuart Lancaster set-up, the 23 year-old rugby league convert summarised the past four weeks.

“I’ve been training and working with some of the best players and coaches,” he added. “I can only get better from that, especially trying to learn the game each day.

“It’s only going to benefit me. Each day I’m learning from these great coaches and players, and it’s not just me that’s developing – it’s everyone.”