No one can play like Kyle – Ford

Date published: August 10 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford has lamented the decision to drop centre Kyle Eastmond from the England squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup warm-ups.

Eastmond was one of seven players to suffer at the expense of boss Stuart Lancaster's axe last weekend, with Sam Burgess, Billy Twelvetrees, Henry Slade, Jonathan Joseph, Brad Barritt and Luther Burrell the retained options.

That left Ford "massively disappointed" as he believes England will miss him.

"I feel for Kyle. He's not got a chance to prove himself in a warm-up game," revealed the player's club boss when speaking to the Bath Chronicle.

"The centres that they've kept are not Kyle. No-one can play like Kyle. I'm massively disappointed for him."

He added: "When Kyle should have played with George (Ford) was in the autumn.

"England lost their first two games against New Zealand and South Africa. George started against Samoa and they put Owen Farrell with him at 12 and dropped Kyle.

"Kyle should have played with George. Just like when JJ (Jonathan Joseph) and George played together in the Six Nations, they played really well together. I think George and Kyle would have played really well together.

"I'm massively disappointed for Kyle, but Stuart can't pick them all can he?"