Eastmond different to Robinson

Date published: May 31 2013

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has dampened comparisons between Kyle Eastmond and former star Jason Robinson.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has dampened comparisons between Kyle Eastmond and former star Jason Robinson.

Eastmond has been selected at inside centre for Sunday's match against a CONSUR XV in Montevideo, with Lancaster praising his skill-set and distribution skills.

Whilst Robinson was regarded as lethal strike-runner, Lancaster has highlighted the difference between the two players as England look to follow up their victory against the Barbarians at Twickenham last weekend.

“[Kyle] has got great feet and balance and he is very strong and powerful but what he has also got is great timing and execution of his passing,” said Lancaster.

“His ability to put people through holes is right up there at the highest level and we have to find the tools to allow him to execute that. He has an opportunity to do that from 12.

“He is different to Jason Robinson. Jason was a strike-running outside back. Kyle is very much a ball-player. He is very comfortable at first receiver and that is what makes him dangerous.

“With a strike-running full-back in Foden you ideally need a ball-player at 12 and Kyle provides us with that.

“I am open-minded about Kyle's development. This is a long-term opportunity for Kyle.”

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