Rugby Union: Kyle Eastmond
Kyle Eastmond must be fed up to the back teeth with suggestions that he is Jason Robinson's doppelgänger: there are similarities, certainly, but rugby men who cross the divide from league to union have quite enough on their plate mastering the complexities of the 15-man game without worrying about trying to emulate the unfathomable. Bath are far from fed up with Eastmond, however: having seen their latest cross-code trickster nail a place at right wing after a brief fling on the left, the West Countrymen are now wondering whether his innate understanding of space, width and tempo might be of most benefit in midfield.
Generally speaking, rugby league types are most effective in union the further they are away from the pack. Eastmond may be different: Bath have already shown trust in him at outside-half and they gave him a run at outside centre earlier this month. Even if he ends up as a full-time wing, he is certain to interest the national selectors sooner rather than later and is a decent bet for a summer tour place when England, shorn of their Lions, travel to Argentina. What he might achieve there is anyone's guess. Jason who?