Size no issue for Eastmond

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Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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England attack coach Andy Farrell has compared the diminutive Kyle Eastmond to Mike Tyson to explain why he has no fears of a midfield mismatch when the England man comes up against the heavyweight Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday.

Eastmond will concede five stones in weight and eight inches in height to his rival inside centre and fellow code-breaker when New Zealand open the QBE Series at Twickenham.

But Farrell insists the diminutive Eastmond is well equipped to stop Williams, who will be making only his second appearance since returning to rugby union after a two-year spell back in league.

“Size is irrelevant. Mike Tyson wasn’t that big either but he could knock a few people out (44 knockouts in 50 wins),” Farrell said.

“Kyle’s a completely different type of player. That’s what makes a rugby team – you need a different blend of all sorts to be able to get around the pitch and do what you want to do.

“Kyle’s a smart footballer and behind that intelligence he’s pretty tough as well. He’s a feisty 5ft 7in and he’s super-excited about this game coming up.”

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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