Kerr: Yule see more from us against Ireland
Being selected for an U20 squad at just 17 years old is impressive in itself. But Kerr Yule has played every minute of the 2023 Under-20 Six Nations for Scotland U20 so far, and will look to keep that trend going when he starts against Ireland U20 tonight.
The inside centre has not been phased so far: “The older lads have been helping me out a lot and keeping me up to speed on everything, so it’s been pretty good.
“It is quite a young group. There are some key players we will be missing next year, but the boys will be better for the experience so it is pretty exciting for next year.
“It has been good to get the experience with them and they’ve been helping me a lot.
“The coaches have helped me a lot with confidence and helping me through the moves and catching up with different bits.”
After losing to England U20 in the championship opener, Kerr and Scotland U20 were victorious against Wales U20 at Scotstoun by a single point. Whilst Kerr himself had not experienced much of the winless run that preceded the first victory, he does appreciate the size of the occasion for some of his older teammates.
“A lot of the older boys like Duncan Munn had a good game. They’d been on a bit of a losing streak, so it was good to get that win.
“After that, France was an unreal experience running out in front of that crowd. The second half obviously wasn’t what it needed to be, but all the boys are back on the bright side for this weekend.”
A powerful ball carrier and strong defender, his strength and conditioning is clear to see whenever he takes to the field. It’s no surprise that his father Stuart, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Physical Performance, has had a big influence on his formative years.
“He’s been a big part of my journey. He got me through and helped me a lot and it’s always good to have a bit of insights to the National Team and the players and what they’ve been doing and how I can improve.
During last week’s break from Six Nations action, the U20 squad had the opportunity to train with the men. Yule and his centre partner Duncan Munn look into the men’s squad and see Sione Tuipulotu and Huw Jones, two players who have received high praise for recent performances, making waves in their respective.
“Training with them was really good, there were a lot of things to pick up. Sione is inside centre and seeing how the players interact and play was valuable.”
The young Scots finish their Six Nations campaign with two home games, the first of those against Ireland U20 at Scotstoun tonight. After two weeks of preparation, Kerr believes the squad will show more than they did in a disappointing loss to France U20 last time out.
“The mood in the camp has been good. Obviously, the game against France wasn’t good enough. All the boys bounced back and are excited. We have had a big week of training, and we are all looking forward to it.
“Ireland are unbeaten so far and even though in the France game we didn’t play our best rugby in the first 30 minutes, we were one score behind them so if we can show that we can keep up with these teams and play some good rugby it should be an exciting game.
“I am pretty buzzing about being back at Scotstoun. It’s always good to have a run out in front of the home crowd. All the chants in the last 20 minutes in the Wales game were amazing and they got us through to the end!”