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Kerr collects first cap for Scotland

Jake Kerr (right) with Scotland's fellow debutants following their victory over Italy on Saturday
Jake Kerr (right) with Scotland's fellow debutants following their victory over Italy on Saturday

Jake Kerr became Leicester Tigers’ ninth Scotland international player when he made his debut in the win over Italy on Saturday.

Rodger Arneil, Craig Joiner and Ken Scotland are among Kerr’s predecessors in the blue jersey and he is only the fourth player to make his Test debut for the Scots as a Leicester player, following in the footsteps of Harry Greenlees (1927), Jim Hamilton (2006) and Luke Hamilton.

Kerr also got off to a winning start, making his debut as a 63rd minute replacement in the five-try win over Italy on the opening weekend of the Guinness Six Nations Championship.

He was among three new caps, alongside Sam Johnson and Gary Graham, and becomes cap number 1101, earning his call-up after just 18 first-team appearances for Tigers since joining the club from Loughborough University. He previously won Under-20s honours in his time with Edinburgh.

At the opposite end of the experience scale, former Tigers hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini started in the Azzurri front row as he made his 100th Test appearance, leaving the field just moments before Kerr entered the fray. Another former Tiger, Treviso prop Tiziano Pasquali, was used as a front-row replacement by Italy just after the hour mark.