Simmons signs on for two more seasons


3/07/2019





The NSW Waratahs have secured the services of Wallabies lock, Rob Simmons until the end of the Vodafone Super Rugby 2021 season.

Simmons’ two-year contract extension follows his arrival at Daceyville from the Queensland Reds at the beginning of the 2018 season.

The 94-Test forward quickly become a leader within the NSW Waratahs pack, with plenty of standout performances across his 31 appearances in sky blue.

Simmons now boasts 145 Vodafone Super Rugby caps, along with a string representative honours stretching back to schoolboy rugby.

NSWRU GM of Rugby, Tim Rapp said that Simmons’ experience at the highest level has been invaluable over the course of his time at Daceyville.

“Rob is a real presence around the group and has been a fantastic role model and support to our young guys in particular,” Rapp said.

“His leadership, his overall professionalism and the standards he drives are a great example for any players coming through our pathways.

“Rob has been one of our most consistent performers on the field and he’s a someone the coaching staff can rely on in any situation – his work at the set piece has been incredibly important.

“I’m glad a player of Rob’s character, calibre and experience has chosen to remain a NSW Waratah for another two seasons.”

Speaking from Qantas Wallabies camp prior to their first Test of the Rugby Championship, Simmons said he was looking forward to a further two seasons in New South Wales.

“It’s been a great move to Sydney, both professionally and personally. My family have really enjoyed it and The Waratahs have been good to me so hopefully I can repay them over the next two years.

“The group [Qantas Wallabies] is very focused on what they want to achieve and I’m just trying to support Hoops (Michael Hooper) in every way possible so that we can continue to mature as a group.

“The Wallabies have been a big part of my life for nearly a decade now and I’m hugely proud whenever I get the chance to wear the Wallaby jersey. I obviously knew that I had the option to still play for Australia and be based overseas and I had interest from a few clubs but that just wasn’t what I wanted to do,” Simmons said.


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