Eastmond moves on from tour struggles

Date published: September 1 2014

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Centre Kyle Eastmond has put his England disappointment behind him ahead of the new season, vowing to bounce back quickly.

Kyle Eastmond has put his England disappointment behind him ahead of the new season, vowing to bounce back quickly.

The rugby league convert endured a difficult time in England's final Test in New Zealand, getting hauled off at half-time after playing his part in a nightmare defensive effort as the All Blacks ran out 36-13 winners.

However Eastmond is adamant that his tour struggles are behind him as he prepares for the new campaign.

“I would normally stew on things if they hadn't gone well,” Eastmond told the Telegraph.

“It would take me quite a long time to move on. But Stuart [Lancaster] and Andy Farrell showed me various clips and that did me a lot of good.

“Just as I didn't get too high about the first Test so I can't get too down about the last Test.

“I can't dwell on it too long, or beat myself up about it. Of course there is learning to be taken, but from both experiences. Being substituted at half-time was not an issue for me.

“Whatever is right for the team is right by me. The management had to do something in that situation.

“As far as I'm concerned, I started two matches against the All Blacks and that was not something I'd have thought would be happening a month before that tour.

“I'd never lose faith in what I can do, making tackles as a defender. I've done it since I was seven years old. I'm not going to let half an hour of one match change that. I just wouldn't.”

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