Centre Kyle Eastmond talks Wigan, London Welsh and the importance of keeping perspective.
We had a good couple of days training with Wigan Warriors this week.
Going back to rugby league and seeing guys I played with in the past was good. It was a good couple of days. I've had a few of my old teammates asking what it's like in rugby union. Everybody wants to know the differences, and I'm sure the rugby union lads ask the league lads the same things.
You're always trying to find that one percent improvement. At Wigan, we did a lot of technical skills. I picked up one or two things that I haven't really been thinking about the last couple of years, and I'm sure the other players did too. If everybody picks up one new thing or finds it beneficial, that can only be good for the team. It can also be refreshing to be in a new environment. Getting away for a couple of days with all your teammates will help us finish the season strongly.
There's a massive emphasis on different parts of the game in league and union.
What you get in rugby league you wouldn't get in union. It evens itself out: a player in one code might not be able to do something in the other, and vice versa. That said, you can always pick up tips doing different things with various clubs, as we have with Wigan.
It was brilliant to see my Bath teammates take their opportunity for England. Jonathan Joseph, for instance, hadn't been in the England team for a good while. For JJ to play every game in this Six Nations and perform the way he did was excellent. Dave Attwood has been there for the last eight or so games for England, and George and Anthony have been a revelation.
It can be a little bit frustrating training with England but not being named in the matchday squad. These things can turn around quickly. One minute you're not playing, one minute you are. You can't let it bother you, you've just got to play well for your club. That's what I want to do.
As a player, you can't even think about things such as media opinion. You just concentrate on the opinions of the people who count, who have your best interests at heart. I think we can achieve something special here with Bath, so that's my only concern right now.
I can't wait to get back out on the field against London Welsh this weekend. You always want to play, which is the reason you train all week. You've got to use your time wisely, and I think we've done that. We've had some injuries and players get niggles, so it's beneficial to have time off to get those sorted ahead of the run-in towards the end of the season.
The last time we played at the Kassam we got beat, so we're ready for Sunday. We know London Welsh are scrapping it out at the bottom of the league and what people say about them not having won yet this season, but if you take any team lightly in this league you'll pay the consequences. So we've been preparing for this match for the last two weeks.
We've got some good, but tough, games coming up in the Aviva Premiership. The whole team is back in place and everybody's fighting for a place in that squad. The skill level and the training is going up another level. It's going to be a good ten weeks.