Player to watch in Aviva Premiership: Bath's Kyle Eastmond

Yahoo! Contributor Network

When it comes to looking at players who have the potential to set the Aviva Premiership alight this season, it's impossible to ignore Bath's Kyle Eastmond.

The 24-year-old made the switch from rugby league to rugby union a mere two years ago after scoring 39 tries in 74 appearances for St Helens during a four-year spell.

Eastmond, who plays at centre, produced a series of promising performances over the course of the 2012/13 campaign, culminating in a call-up to Stuart Lancaster's England squad for the tour of Argentina.

It capped a blistering two seasons in rugby union. Eastmond didn't disappoint against the Pumas either as he scored his maiden Red Rose try in impressive fashion, darting past three attempted challenges before touching down in a 51-26 win.

Invariably, Eastmond has earned favourable comparisons to another former rugby league star who become a legend in rugby union: Jason Robinson.

The Bath man has some way to go before he comes anywhere near emulating the England World Cup winner, but there are promising early signs.

What can we expect in the 2013/14 campaign?

Fresh from his impressive performances with England in the summer, Eastmond should cement his tag as a rising star over the course of the campaign, showcasing his lightening quick feet and power.

View Comments