By Ali Stokes
Leicester Tigers have signed former Rugby Union and League England international Kyle Eastmond from Wasps. Last capped by England in 2014 against South Africa, the dual-code international will aim to compete with Wallaby Matt Toomua for Tigers' twelve jersey.
Eastmond, 29, joins Tigers with immediate effect and will look to restore the impressive attacking partnership he formed with fellow England international and former Bath teammate George Ford. The pair guided Bath to a Premiership final in 2015, showcasing scintillating attacking play in the Blue, Black and White.
This latest signing will soften the news that Tigers' favourite Australian, Toomua, will return home at the end of the season, joining Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels with the promise of a spot in the Wallabies' 2019 Rugby World Cup squad by Head Coach Michael Cheika.
Tigers also face the risk of losing a second Australian international, with 82-times-capped hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau also thought to be planning a return to Super Rugby with the promise of a World Cup shot.
Leicester kick-off their 2018/19 season early next month against Exeter Chiefs, aiming to return to the Premiership playoffs after failing to qualify for the knock-out stages for the first time in 14 years last season.
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