Bristol Bears sign Scotland international Jake Kerr on short-term contract

Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam
Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam
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Bristol Bears have confirmed the signing of Scotland international Jake Kerr on a short-term contract with immediate effect.

Kerr made his debut for the Tigers in the 2017/18 season and has gone on to play 46 times for the club including 27 Premiership games. He was called up to Scotland's Six Nations squad in 2019 by head coach Gregor Townsend and made a solitary Test appearance for the Dark Blues during the encounter against Italy.

The 25-year-old was recently granted an early release from his contract by the Tigers and now will feature for Bristol Bears for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.

“Jake has impressed us since he arrived at the Bears High Performance Centre on a trial basis in April," said Bristol Bears director of rugby Pat Lam.

“With Harry Thacker getting closer, but not ready for first team rugby just yet, we needed to bolster our depth in the hooker position ahead of the crucial run-in.

“Jake has settled in well, made a positive impact and he will be available for selection with immediate effect.”

Bristol currently hold the top place in the Gallagher Premiership table with 13 wins from 17 games and will face Bath Rugby in the 18th round at Recreation Ground on Saturday.