Lock Carrick-Smith hoping for a home debut
GIANT lock Will Carrick-Smith is hoping to make his Plymouth Albion home debut this evening against Aberavon.
The 20-year-old 6ft 10in forward has joined Albion on a dual-registration agreement from Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.
Since making the move to Brickfields in October, Carrick-Smith, who began the campaign on-loan at Taunton, has started the British & Irish Cup games at Rotherham and at Aberavon last week.
He will be on the bench tonight and he is hoping to get on to sample the Brickfields atmosphere as an Albion player.
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"I have not played there for Albion yet," he said.
"I played there for Taunton against Albion but that's it."
Carrick-Smith enjoyed last week's match against Aberavon a lot better than his first appearance for Albion at Rotherham Titans, where they lost 59-26.
"Last week's game was a bit messy," he said. "But it was good to get a full 80 minutes and to get a win."
He added: "Rotherham were quite a big side to go up against and they were just stronger on the day.
"I had only been at the club a week.
"But now I know where I am a bit more and know the moves."
Carrick-Smith comes down to Brickfields to train on a Tuesday along with Luke and Tom Cowan-Dickie, Henry Slade, Jack Arnott and Lloyd Fairbrother, who are also dual-registered at Albion from Exeter.
Prop Alex Brown will also be joining them once he is fit.
Carrick-Smith was playing regularly at Taunton but admitted switching to Albion, even though he is not guaranteed a starting spot, can only help him progress.
"It is all about raising the level," he said.
"The Championship is higher and I have to try and push on.
"Every game I play is experience and that's important."
Carrick-Smith, born in London but brought up in Dorset, recently got some experience he was not expecting when he was selected to start Exeter's LV=Cup games against London Welsh and the Ospreys.
Exeter won both games and Carrick-Smith, a former Blundell's School pupil, ended up with two tries to his name.
"Those games were good," he said. "They went really well.
"I started both games and scored tries in both. I don't usually score tries.
"It was just a really good experience."