A long-term contract, signed last June with Bath Academy rewarded Kieran Verden for his strong scrummaging and all-round skills. Taunton born, he captained the Bath U18 team last season and has since completed his studies at Beechen Cliff Upper School in Bath where the Burns brothers, Freddie and Billy and former Bath and England back row John Hall were also educated.
After playing for England U16 in one match two years ago, Kieran made his U18 debut, also against Wales at Ebbw Vale last March. He said: “It’s a proud moment every time I pull on a Bath or England jersey. When I was first chosen for the South West, I was excited and very nervous but started to push my rugby, doing extra sessions and getting some confidence. I didn’t want to let slip a potential opportunity in the game.
“While playing for Bath Academy at the Harrow festival four years ago, Aaron James gave me a good understanding of the game and showed me that the number on your back doesn’t restrict you at all. My father Ian played rugby and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Both he and my mother Louise helped me to push through the levels. Jamie, one of my two brothers, plays on the wing for Old Patesians and is a crossfit athlete.”
Kieran captained Somerset at U15 level, led age grade teams at Taunton RFC from U10 to U16 and nowadays also enjoys playing football, basketball and doing gym work. His biggest rugby friends all play for Bath – Miles Reid, Will Partington, George Costard, Ed Rimmer and Joe Snow. Spain is his favourite holiday destination and he likes all kinds of music. When it comes to TV, he enjoys Prison Break and reckons that steak and chips is tops for him. ‘Focused, friendly and outgoing’ is the way he describes himself. As for his proudest day away from the rugby pitch…it was breaking his school’s shot putt record and representing the Taunton area in that track and field event.
U18 International Record
Last updated: 6 July 2017