England centre retires with immediate effect after comeback - Ruck

England centre retires with immediate effect after comeback

Dual code England international Kyle Eastmond has announced his shock retirement from playing professional rugby.

The Oldham-born half-back had an impressive career in rugby league with St Helens and England before switching codes, aged 21, to play rugby union for Bath a decade ago.

He was capped six times by England and also had spells with Wasps and Leicester before becoming a free-agent last summer.

The 31-year-old then joined Leeds Rhinos back in March, joining the Super League side on a two-year contract.

Eastmond said, “I love rugby and will always be involved in it. I’ve come to realise the passion to influence the game is no longer on the field.

“It is this love and respect for the game, that leads me to this decision. I would like to say thank you so much to Kevin Sinfield, Leeds Rhinos and all the fans and wish the team all the best for the rest of the season.”

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