Aviva Premiership
Bath to use Eastmond at fly-half?
ESPN Staff
October 15, 2012
Bath's Kyle Eastmond dances through the Wasps defence, Bath v London Wasps, Aviva Premiership, The Recreation Ground, Bath, England, September 8, 2012
Kyle Eastmond could play for Bath at fly-half © Getty Images

Bath boss Gary Gold could use Kyle Eastmond at fly-half after the former rugby league star excelled in the role in their Amlin Challenge Cup clash with Bucuresti on Saturday.

Eastmond has been turning out on the wing for Bath and has made nine appearances in the Premiership and scored two tries to date. Standing at just 5'7" he's already drawn comparisons with former England great Jason Robinson but rather than staying out on the wings or at fullback like the ex-Sale player, Eastmond could be used in the thick of it at fly-half, according to Gold.

Eastmond came on as a second-half replacement for Jack Cuthbert in Bath's win and Gold was impressed by his showing at fly-half. "He wanted an opportunity in a less-pressurised situation to see how he goes and he was very good," Gold told the BBC. "It's a weapon we are investigating a little bit further."

Bath currently have No.10s Stephen Donald, Tom Heathcote and Ollie Devoto at their disposal and will now throw Eastmond - who played scrum-half for St Helens in rugby league - into the mix .

"He's just such a good footballer," Gold continued. "We're still very comfortable with Kyle being a wing. He's the type of guy who you want to get the ball in his hands - he can create magic.

"Because of his league background he kicks the ball beautifully and understands space. It's another option for us."

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