Eastmond returns to training

Date published: November 11 2014

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England centre Kyle Eastmond is back in training after battling a sickness bug over the last two days in camp at Pennyhill Park.

England centre Kyle Eastmond is back in training after battling a sickness bug over the last two days in camp at Pennyhill Park.

Eastmond impressed in the defeat to the All Blacks last Saturday and is now in line to start against South Africa.

“Kyle was a bit ill but he’s fully fit now. Rokoduguni trained as well and seems to be all right,” said England assistant coach Mike Catt.

Eastmond’s return reduces the possibility of England partnering George Ford and Owen Farrell in midfield from the start against the Springboks.

The two fly-halves finished the loss to New Zealand both on the field and have been tipped to form a new-look partnership.

Catt, who played alongside Jonny Wilkinson in a similar combination, believes the pairings has its merits against the right opposition.

“At the moment Kyle is doing all right alongside Owen,” added Catt.

“Kyle got some good hits in against New Zealand. He looked confident and we expect a big performance this weekend too.

“Picking Owen and George would mean two ball-playing fly-halves in the team.

“From my experiences of playing with Jonny Wilkinson, it works if you want to play a particular game.

“They are both still very young and the beauty about those two is that it’s all about the team. It is not about them as individuals.

“They have one hell of a relationship, but we will obviously address it when it needs to be addressed.

“If picking them is what’s best for the team, then I am sure Stuart will do it.”

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