Eastmond retires from professional rugby


Eastmond’s two matches for Leeds this season got here in defeats by Wigan and Hull KR

Twin code worldwide Kyle Eastmond has introduced his retirement from skilled rugby simply 5 video games into the 2021 Tremendous League season.

The 31-year-old solely returned to rugby league with Leeds Rhinos in March after 9 years taking part in rugby union with Bathtub, Wasps and Leicester.

He made two appearances for Leeds previous to his determination to retire.

“I’ve come to grasp the eagerness to affect the sport is not on the sphere,” Eastmond stated.

“It’s this love and respect for the sport that leads me to this determination.

“I wish to say thanks a lot to Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos and all of the followers and need the workforce all the most effective for the remainder of the season.”

‘Extremely courageous determination’

Eastmond started his league profession with St Helens in 2007 and was a prolific try-scorer – successful 4 caps for England – earlier than switching codes to hitch Bathtub in October 2011.

He gained six England union caps whereas with Bathtub, beginning 5 Checks together with three in opposition to New Zealand, and scored one strive, on his first begin in opposition to Argentina.

Eastmond later joined Wasps in 2016 after which Leicester in 2018, till he was launched final 12 months.

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield stated: “I believe that is an extremely courageous determination by Kyle.

“After we initially spoke to him, we had perception in his capability and expertise and that continues to be the case. Nevertheless after a 12 months out of rugby as a result of pandemic, he has discovered that he’s unable to achieve the requirements he expects of himself in coaching and taking part in.

“He’ll depart the membership with our greatest needs for the longer term. The very fact he had a contract for this 12 months and subsequent however determined to hold up his boots speaks volumes about his integrity.”


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