|Weight||80kg (12st 8lb)|
Playing in both half-back positions, at centre and full back in rugby league for St Helens showed Kyle Eastmond’s versatility. He switched codes from Super League to Bath Rugby in October 2011 and his career has developed swiftly from there.
He made his Test debut off the bench for Jonathan Joseph after 66 minutes against Argentina at Salta in June last year, having started at centre against the CONSUR XV in the opening match of the South American tour at Montevideo. Kyle’s second Test appearance produced a try at Buenos Aires as England completed a highly successful trip.
His 41 Aviva Premiership games for Bath up to the end of last season brought eight tries, comprising two each against London Wasps, London Irish and Exeter Chiefs and one against Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints, together with many scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Oldham-born Kyle has shown impressive pace at which he changes his angle of running and broke into the St Helens first team in 2008, making 42 appearances for the club and scoring 401 points in that time. He represented England four times in rugby league during his 13-a-side career, earning his first cap in 2009. Kyle matched that total in the 15-a-side game when starting the final Test in New Zealand in June.
A skilful player with a strong kicking game, natural running ability and a keen eye for the gap in a defensive line, Kyle was initially rewarded for his efforts at Bath with appearances off the bench for England Saxons against Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A last winter.
He attended Parish Church CE VA School and the Radclyffe School, both in Oldham.
5 points – 1T
2013 Arg (1R, 2), NZ(1,3)
Last updated: June 24, 2014