Rimmer getting used to life in the Exeter Chiefs' front row – but wants more
Despite his 473 Aviva Premiership minutes this season, prop Carl Rimmer still feels he has yet to make a place in Exeter Chiefs' front row his own.
Rimmer has certainly caught the eye in those seven games – and two more in the Heineken Cup – and he has enjoyed every second since moving from the Cornish Pirates in the summer.
"It has been a great few years for me, not just rugby but my entire life," said Rimmer, who reached the Championship final with Pirates in both the previous two seasons.
"I am playing for a team who I would have given up everything to play for – it's brilliant I couldn't be happier."
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Rimmer was in the Chiefs' line-up for last weekend's win at London Irish and he is expected to feature once again against London Wasps this weekend at Sandy Park.
He said: "I've definitely played more back-to-back games now than I have in my entire career. It has been a good string of games that I've put together.
"I had a look the other day and I thought it had been a long season but then I had a look through the programme and it has only been nine Premiership games – there is still a long way to go before I consider myself cemented in the first team. I'm really happy to have the chance and how well it has gone and getting rewarded with more starts."
The 26-year-old has managed to impress despite being playing at loose-head prop, as opposed to tight-head.
"That's the biggest surprise," said Rimmer. "I was happy to stick my name in the hat and say I could do a job there but it has gone a lot better than what I hoped for.
"It was always a long-term goal to move across the scrum to tight head but I've been given a chance in the deep end and it has gone well."
The difference between the two roles should not be underestimated. Rimmer said: "It is almost impossible to explain, if I am honest with you.
"There's a world of difference, it's black and white. You have to do the opposite of what you would do on one side. You have to make sure you get it right or you could get serious injuries or marched back up the pitch, it really is a pressure position. It is you they're looking at a bit like a goalkeeper in football. If it goes wrong I'm the one who stands up and looks stupid."
Rimmer has looked anything but stupid in his Chiefs career to date. He plans for more of the same against Irish this weekend.
He said: "It's the same as always for me. It is the same tactic for tight five, just keep going as long as we can.
"It is a bit of a cliché but we take every game as it comes. It is how the club works every game, every week is a new challenge, a new set of goals to go for, we put them on the board and go about achieving them and nine times out of ten we achieve our individual goals and hope to come out with a win."