England international Kyle Eastmond joins Wasps
By Coral Barry
Last Updated: 23/07/16 2:30pm
Wasps have announced the signing of England international Kyle Eastmond.
The 27-year-old was left out of England's World Cup squad in 2015 and then the subsequent tour of Australia, but has six caps to his name.
Eastmond has not been included in an England squad since 2014, but the former Bath centre will be hopeful he can reproduce the form at Wasps that originally caught the attention of the international squad.
"I've been impressed with the style of rugby and the way the club has developed in recent seasons and I'm really looking forward to the new challenge at Wasps," Eastmond told the club's official website.
"When you look at the talented players already at the club it's hard not to be excited about the possibilities and I feel I am joining a highly ambitious and motivated team, and I'm really looking forward to getting started."
Eddie Jones now heads the England set-up and has delivered remarkable success despite his short reign, with a Six Nations title and a first ever Test series victory on Australian soil, in June.
Eastmond becomes the 12th signing by Wasps ahead of the new season and director of rugby Dai Young believes the centre's ambition to reclaim his England spot will help inspire him to produce his best form at the club.
"Kyle is one of the most exciting centres in the Aviva Premiership and we're really looking forward to adding his talents to an already impressive group of backs at the club," said Young.
"At Wasps we like to play expansive, attacking rugby and Kyle is a player who can add a lot to that in terms of controlling the game as well as threatening defences, keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.
"Kyle has already shown his international class and still has plenty of potential to fulfil in rugby union and we're looking forward to seeing him continue his development in black and gold."