Carl Rimmer, Duncan Roke,  Nat Saumi, Dan Seal

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A-Z Of 80 Leading Pirates Players Of The Past Decade

Carl Rimmer, Duncan Roke, Nat Saumi, Dan Seal

Carl Rimmer - Prop

Carl Rimmer - Prop

Although he attended rugby playing Earlsdon school in Coventry, Carl Rimmer was a relatively late developer in rugby only filling out to becoming a prop in his late teens.

He had a spell at Nuneaton where he had the benefit of coaching from ex-England prop Darren Garforth and then progressed back to Coventry where he had two fine seasons alongside Laurie McGlone and Rudi Brits as well as making the English Counties team to tour Russia.

He then had a long spell sidelined by a troublesome neck injury but a move to Cornwall gave his career a whole new lease of life.

After a quietish first season he then progressed by leaps and bounds under Ian Davies.

By last season Carl was not only one of the most improved players in the squad but also one of the most mobile and hardworking props in the entire Championship, as well as being able to prop on either side of the scrum. 

Carl Rimmer - Prop

His considerable progress was noted by Rob Baxter at Exeter and he signed for the Chiefs in the early summer to have a well merited tilt at the Premiership.

Date of Birth: 29th April 1986
Nationality: British
Birthplace: Banbury
Height: 6' (1.83m)
Weight: 18.5st (118kg)
Position: Prop
Previous Clubs: Nuneaton, Coventry
Honours: Warwickshire, England Counties
Debut Aug 2009 v Cardiff (L)
Appearances All:  45 + 46 Reps

Season's Stats

Season Starts Rep Tries Cons Pens Drop Pts
2009/10 13 16 1 0 0 0 5
2010/11 11 12 1 0 0 0 5
2011/12 All 19 13 3 0 0 0 15

Duncan Roke - Centre

Duncan Roke -  Centre

Duncan Roke arrived in Cornwall late in his rugby career having already experienced life with Henley, Leicester and Worcester Warriors as well as being honoured by the Barbarians and had achieved prominence in the England Sevens Squad.

Jim McKay could readily appreciate what a scheming midfield back with excellent hands and an acute rugby brain could do for the Pirates and Duncan proved to be one of his very best signings.

In fact it is arguable whether the squad has ever quite replaced him.

Roke could also fill in at full back and captained the team on a few occasions but, after playing a major part in the EDF win at Twickenham and approaching thirty two, he decided to return northwards and gave up professional rugby.

Duncan Roke - Centre

He can still be seen at Pirates matches in the Midlands to underline the saying "Once a Pirate always a Pirate"

Date of Birth: 05.07.74
Nationality: British
Birthplace: Mtarfa, Malta
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 14st 9lbs
Position: Centre/Full Back
Previous Clubs: Leicester, Henley, Worcester
Honours: England 7s, Barbarians, National Divisions
Debut: Aug 2005 v Cornish All Blacks (F)
All Appearances:   47 + 4 Reps

Season's Stats

Season Starts Rep Tries Cons Pens Drop Pt
2006/07 21 3 4 0 0 0 20

Nat Saumi - Utility Back

Nat Saumi - Utility Back

Nobody in the entire history of Penzance & Newlyn and the Cornish Pirates could ever accumulate points quite like Fijian Nat Saumi.

The highly versatile Fijian was already settled in the West Country when he was signed from Redruth.

He could play anywhere behind the scrum, was an elusive runner, a destructive tackler and a first rate goal kicker all rolled into one.

Indeed when he was pitted against the still predominantly amateur teams in South West One, National Three etc. and surrounded by the likes of Olonga, Newton and Evans, he was absolutely lethal.

Sadly his departure from the club was overshadowed by a regrettable training ground incident just as the Pirates were on the brink of their promotion to the Championship.

His value was emphasised by how badly his kicking and other talents were missed at the higher level and also by how he went on to star for several more seasons for Plymouth Albion despite by then being well into his thirties.

He is now Head Coach at Brickfields.

Nat Saumi - Utility Back

Date of Birth: 1972
Nationality: Fijian
Birthplace: Gijaboka (Fiji)
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 14st 7lbs
Position: Utility Back
Debut: Aug 1998 v Exeter Chiefs (F)
All Appearances:   123 + 3 Reps

Dan Seal - Prop

Dan Seal - Prop

After playing for his home town club of Frome in Somerset, Dan Seal was invited to Bath Academy where he was coached by ex-Pirate John Kimberley.

Bath had several international props on their books and opportunities were always going to be limited but young Dan made a fine choice when he signed for the Pirates in 2001 coming down from Bath with the vastly experienced Martin Haag as company.

Having made his debut against Blackheath, he played a big part in the club’s two successive promotions up into what is now known as the Championship.

In Sep 2006 he suffered an injury which let Sam Heard lay claim to his tight head spot for a time but Dan still came back to play his part in the EDF win at Twickenham the following May.

Strong and dependable with excellent scrummaging technique, Dan was never ‘flash’ but loved to celebrate when he scored his occasional try!

Dan Seal - Prop

Since leaving the Pirates after eight years service he has played for Birmingham Solihull Bees (briefly) and more recently for Bedford where he has done particularly well.

Date of Birth: 25th Dec 1982
Nationality: English
Birthplace: Coventry
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 16st 12lbs
Position: Loose-Head Prop
Previous Clubs: Harlequins, Leicester
Honours: England U16/U18/U21s
Debut: Aug 2001 v Blackheath (L)
All Appearances:   Appearances:   122 + 93 Reps

Season's Stats

Season Starts Rep Tries Cons Pens Drop Pt
2006/07 12 13 0 0 0 0 0
2007/08 22   8 1 0 0 5
2008/09 4 14 1 0 0 0 5