Saturday, 1 June 2013

Stuart Lancaster backs Kyle Eastmond to shine as he names team to play opener

Stuart Lancaster believes that Kyle Eastmond has all the playmaking qualities to thrive at Test level and has named the Bath centre in England's side to play a South American XV in Montevideo on Sunday.

Rugby league convert Eastmond, 23, will make his first senior start in a side featuring 13 changes from last Sunday's 40-12 victory over the Barbarians and captained by Northampton flanker Tom Wood.

"He 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," England head coach Lancaster said.

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