Lions legend Jason Robinson excited by Bath Rugby's Kyle Eastmond international potential
By his own admission, Bath Rugby's Kyle Eastmond is not keen on comparisons between himself and Jason Robinson.
But the England World Cup winner can see similarities – and says he would love to play a leading role in moulding the Bath flyer into an international superstar.
Eastmond’s explosive pace and pint-sized predatory skills have led to inevitable comparisons with Robinson, who also made a dazzling switch from league to union.
He announced his arrival in the 15-man code by romping in a try for the Lions against Australia in 2001, and some pundits believe Eastmond could make a similar impact if picked as a Lions wildcard this year.
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“I have spoken to Kyle a few times and it would be nice to speak to him a bit more,” said Robinson, speaking in his role as an ambassador for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens.
“I would certainly go and pay money to watch guys like him play.
“Kyle has a smile on his face, he is taking people on and as a result has got a lot of positive press. Hopefully that will continue and the likes of him, Christian Wade and Jonny May will put pressure on some of the other guys in the mix at the moment.
“It is nice to see his progression with Bath this season in the Premiership. When he came into rugby union he had some injuries and that set him back but it was always going to take time for him to understand the game.
“It is one thing making the change and being an exciting player. I know myself it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make that adjustment and what appears to be the case at the moment is that he is enjoying it.”
* 2001 British and Irish Lions legend, Jason Robinson is an ambassador for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens and will be running coaching clinics during the tournament courtesy of HSBC. For more information visit www.rpns7.co.uk/p/hsbc-coaching-clinics.