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.