Fixtures - Top Bar

Eastmond driven to impress for Bath Rugby

KyleEastmondBath1005SB15

Despite having to watch his Bath Rugby teammates light up the international stage from the sidelines, Kyle Eastmond is refusing to rue his misfortune as he looks to respond in style in Aviva Premiership Rugby.

The centre was initially named in England’s squad for the Six Nations only for the recurrence of a shoulder injury to rule him out of the opening clash with Wales.

Northampton Saints’ Luther Burrell seized his chance in Eastmond’s absence, starting all five games alongside the 25-year-old’s regular centre partner Jonathan Joseph, who dazzled defences to finish as top try scorer for the tournament.

With Dave Attwood, Anthony Watson and George Ford catching the eye with a series of impressive performances, Eastmond admits confidence should not be in short supply at The Rec for the rest of the season.

And while Bath’s much-vaunted midfield axis is set to torment Aviva Premiership Rugby defences once again, Eastmond is focusing on helping his side to glory before turning his attention to international honours.

“On a personal note it was tough to be on the sidelines but these things happen and I’ll get back on the horse and play as well as I can for Bath,” he said.

“It was great to see Jonathan Joseph doing so well but not just JJ, all the Bath lads like Anthony [Watson], Dave [Attwood] and George [Ford] were impressive.

“The France game was an incredible match even if it was sad to see us miss out by so few points but the guys did unbelievably well and we can only improve.

“I’m not one to have my confidence knocked back by missing out and it’s always been about your club form to get into the national team so I’m concentrating on that and hopefully I’ll be back in contention.

“It’s good when you’re in a midfield that enjoys playing together and complements each other, which me, George and Jonathan do even though we’re very different players.

“But it’s not just us three, everybody here at Bath is playing well and working hard.”

While the attacking talents of Bath’s backline have drawn a lot of plaudits this year, Eastmond believes their frugal defence that has conceded the joint-fewest amount of points is just as important.

And with Mike Ford’s side still in pursuit of a home Aviva Premiership Rugby semi-final and glory in Europe, the former rugby league player insists Bath’s approach means they are ready for any challenge.

“Our defence is the foundation of our game and we work hard on it with our defence coach Neal Hatley because it doesn’t matter how good your attack is if you can’t defend,” he added.

“Obviously we know the history of Leinster and it will be a big challenge but that’s still a week and a half away so we are focusing on the Premiership first before turning our attentions to Europe.

“We don’t really look that far ahead as a team and just try to prepare as best we can for each team we face.

“If we carry on that way then clearly we would love to be in the play-offs and hopefully with a home semi-final but we’ll be prepared for any side.”

Tickets to the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final are selling faster than this time last year so with just five rounds to go, now's the time to click here to book your place at the world's biggest club rugby final.

Latest News

Worcester Warriors ‘unlucky’ in defeat to Wasps, says Ryan Bower

Worcester Warriors prop Ryan Bower admits it was important for his side to put in a performance against Wasps after their humbling Aviva Premiership Rugby defeat…

Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

In-form Henry Purdy desperate to keep improving at Gloucester Rugby

Henry Purdy is refusing to rest on his laurels and has vowed to push on hard, despite praise from all…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Max Clark the centre of attention at Bath Rugby

Back in September – just when Bath Rugby were beginning to count on him in the centres – an ill-timed…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Seven tries success for Exeter Braves over Bath United

Exeter Braves’ Shaun Malton and Levi Davis of Bath United became the first opponents since 2005 to both score hat-tricks…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Worcester Warriors capture Samoa lock Chris Vui

Warriors have completed the signing of versatile Samoa forward Chris Vui till the end of the season. For everything you…

Chris Vui

Wallabies lock Will Skelton joins Saracens

Australian international forward Will Skelton has joined Saracens on a short-term deal. For everything you need to know about Saracens…

Will Skelton

Rowe hails ‘fantastic’ year for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Rugby Club chairman and chief executive, Tony Rowe OBE, heralded a “fantastic” past year – on and off the…

Exeter Chiefs celebrate

Dan Tuohy joins Bristol Rugby with immediate effect

Dan Tuohy has penned a deal with Bristol Rugby to make the switch to Aviva Premiership Rugby with immediate effect.…

Dan Tuohy

Ally Hogg, Cooper Vuna, Aaron Morris, Lachlan Turner, Bryce Heem and Dan Robson head the Opta Rugby Rankings

Attacks dominated as Newcastle Falcons claimed a dramatic win over Harlequins this weekend in Premiership Rugby but Ally Hogg starred…

allyhogg16sb1111

Premiership Rugby backs Newcastle’s bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup Finals

Premiership Rugby today confirmed its “100% support” for Newcastle’s bid to become host city for European club rugby union's showpiece…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Newcastle launches bid for 2018 European Rugby Cup finals

Newcastle is bidding to become the host city for European club rugby union's showpiece weekend in May 2018. The aim…

Newcastle Falcons celebrate

Aviva Premiership Rugby wrap: Round 10

Maro Itoje could not mark his return to a Saracens jersey with a victory – but his director of rugby…

BATH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03:  Maro Itoje of  Saracens is tackled by Max Lahiff of Bath during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Saracens at the Recreation Ground on December 3, 2016 in Bath, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pat Lam confirmed as Bristol Rugby head coach

Bristol Rugby is delighted to announce the appointment of Pat Lam as the Club’s new Head Coach. The 48 year-old…

Pat Lam

Newcastle Falcons v Saracens kick-off time change

Premiership Rugby can confirm that the kick-off time for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Round 17 Newcastle Falcons v Saracens fixture…

Aviva Premiership ball