The St Lucia-born Yarde, who only watched his first game of rugby at 11 and played his first game at 14, is one of only a small handful of Stuart Lancaster's England squad playing in the Amlin Challenge Cup, but he isn't worried about that.
Yarde, who announced his arrival on the international stage with two tries in England's 51-26 win over the Pumas in June, sees playing in Europe as the perfect opportunity to add to the four tries he has already scored in the Premiership this season.
With last season's runners-up, Stade Francais Paris, in their Pool, Yarde and his team mates fully understand they need to make the most of their opportunities over the next two weeks.
"Rugby is about 15 per cent skill, 85 per cent heart and determination. It is about having the mentality to want to do things," Yarde told reporters at the recent England shirt launch.
"If you think you can turn up and be 10-15 per cent off yet go on to win, then you are mistaken. I know this Italian side will be coming to put down a marker.
"I want to better myself and I want to improve - there is no time for stalling. I know I have to be playing at 100 per cent all the time.
"I got my chance in the second Test in Argentina in the summer and I took it with both hands. There is no time, though, to rest on my laurels. I haven't played a Test on home soil yet and that is definitely an aspiration of mine."