Kerr Aiming For Calcutta Re-Run

ImageGavin Kerr last faced Leicester and England prop Julian White in a high-profile match when Scotland lifted the Calcutta Cup in February 2006 and now the Edinburgh front rower admits he is aiming to trigger a similar outcome in the Heineken Cup_on Saturday (17 November, kick off 3pm).

The 30-year-old came up directly against revered scrummager White at Murrayfield when, against the odds, Scotland achieved a famous triumph at Murrayfield.

Now Kerr has set his sights set on achieving the same result at Welford Road, although this time around his loosehead team-mate Allan Jacobsen will clash with White at the coalface.

Kerr said: "Looking back, it was a massive game for Scotland and it was incredibly tough. But we didn't take a backwards step then and we will have to do something similar on Saturday.

"When Julian is on his game, he is a tough scrummager to play against. He is one of the world's strongest scrummagers, but he is still beatable.

'that Calcutta Cup game was meant to be one that we wouldn't win and it is the same situation at Leicester; but it is two teams and anything can happen on the day. It all depends on which team takes the initiative."

Since swapping Borders for Edinburgh in the summer, Kerr admits he is enjoying being part of an all-star front row, alongside Jacobsen an Scotland hooker Ross Ford, and described the fight for places as being friendly, but competitive.

He added: "What has made it easier for me to settle in quickly is the fact that I am alongside players who I have worked with for the last couple of years at international level.

'the good thing at Edinburgh is that there is serious competition for places which keeps everyone on their toes. I enjoy that and there is a good bit of friendly rivalry between each other. We have a laugh, we get on, but we all want the shirt at the end of the day."