Yeah it does look like eastmond won't make the cut while Sam will. I can't really see a future for eastmond at England Union national side. Really hope he comes back to league, not bothered who he signs for as long as he's back playing RL.
The info from my local RU club is that there was not even a wait to see. The contract negotiation with the RL club started before England RU squad selection.
Because, clearly, you should believe an anonymous man on the internet.