Chiefs plunder Pirates for Rimmer
May 31, 2012
Carl Rimmer will work with Rob Baxter at the Chiefs © Getty Images
Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their front-row resources with the signing of Cornish Pirates prop Carl Rimmer on a one-year deal.
The Chiefs have already signed seven players ahead of next season but coach Rob Baxter is forging a squad to compete on both a domestic and European front. Rimmer was voted players' player of the year at the Pirates and Baxter is looking forward to seeing whether the 26-year-old can step up to the standard required in the Premiership.
"We're going to expect him to thrive and take every opportunity that comes along from being involved with a Premiership club, just like a lot of our guys who stepped up from the Championship with us," Baxter said. "They have used the Premiership to improve themselves as players, they've used it to drive the way they've worked in the conditioning sessions, used it to drive the way they trained and played and it's moved them forward.
"That's important for him. He can't come to us and stand still, he needs to come to us and do what our other guys have done and not sit down and watch it happen around him. It's a good challenge for him but I think he's got all the raw materials so the ball's in his court. We'll obviously work very hard with him, but he's got to come here determined to make the step up."
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