Young Guns: Leicester Tigers tighthead prop Osman Dimen


Dimen talks about his time at Loughborough Students last season in National One and his future at Welford Road

At 16, Osman Dimen was given a choice – kick-boxing or rugby? He chose the latter and, via a roundabout route that included Saracens Amateurs, Wasps’ academy, Loughborough Students and Leicester’s A-team, he began full-time training with the Tigers in June.

North Londoner Dimen was educated at the Wren Academy, Finchley, and didn’t pick up a rugby ball until he was 15. As a sports-mad youngster he tried swimming, basketball, football and tennis but really excelled at kick-boxing, in which he gained a coveted black-belt.

As he grew, however, friends persuaded him to give rugby a go. Dimen explained: “I kick-boxed from age four to 16 and could probably have gone on and been quite good at it, but I literally rocked-up at Saracens Amateurs one day because everyone said I should try rugby.

“I was pretty big and I remember my first game well. It was against Biggleswade for our B-team and I scored the first try in the game after about five minutes. It was probably a sign that I should keep playing rugby and not too long after that, I came on to Wasps’ radar.

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