Debut justifies Eastmond decision
Kyle Eastmond felt a sense of justification for his decision to switch codes after making his England debut in the 32-3 victory over Argentina.
Eastmond took a lot of criticism from rugby league supporters in 2011 after announcing he was leaving St Helens for a new career with Bath. The 23-year-old is still learning the 15-a-side game but the England management have been raving about his potential during this summer's tour of South America.
"To be involved with England and pull the shirt on first time was unbelievable. Just getting out there and getting on the field was great," Eastmond said.
"It is not a quick thing when you are switching codes. It has been tough but this is where I want to be and I know what I have got to do to improve myself and improve my game and become a better player.
"Hopefully I can go on and do more. They (rugby league fans) showed what they really thought about the move but it was something I really wanted to do and I am really glad I made the decision and came to rugby union."
Eastmond made his debut off the bench in Salta and is set to be involved again when England attempt to complete a first ever Test series clean sweep in Argentina on Saturday.
Eastmond has played across the back division since his arrival in rugby union, which he believes has helped his development and understanding of the code.
But he has been identified as a ball-playing inside centre by England and he has worked closely on this tour with skills coach Mike Catt, who has been impressed both by his skill level but also his defence.
"(To be coached by) someone with that amount of knowledge and that amount of experience is great," Eastmond said.
"He passes on his knowledge. It is invaluable especially to me. The fact I played in a lot of different positions this year has helped me out more than playing in one position. I imagine myself in the thick of the action and getting my hands on the ball but wherever the coaches see fit for me to play that is OK."