Rob Simmons

  • 30 Age
  • 115kg Weight
  • 200cm Height

Biography

Theodore, a small Queensland farming district west of Bundaberg has produced two sportspersons of note - Mal Anderson, who won tennis’ 1957 U.S. Open and Wallaby lock Rob Simmons. Educated at The Southport School, Simmons has followed in the footsteps of his schoolboy hero and fellow alumni Nathan Sharpe to earn Queensland Reds and Wallabies representation. A lineout general and a consistent tight five performer, Simmons was a member of the star-studded and championship-winning Southport School 1st XV of 2006, which also included Wallaby teammate James Slipper. He represented nationally at both schools and aged levels before he earned a Super Rugby debut for Queensland against the Bulls early in 2009.

In 2010, Simmons came off the bench to play his maiden Test, alongside Sharpe, against South Africa in Brisbane and four years on he became the 46th Wallaby to play 50 Test matches. When he replaced Izack Rodda in the first Test loss to New Zealand in 2018, Simmons surpassed the great John Eales as the second highest capped lock forward in Wallaby history.

Highlights

2006

Represented Australian Schools against Tongan Schools, Fijian Schools and New Zealand Schools.

2007

Selected in the Australian squad for the IRB U19s World Championships in Ireland.

2008

Selected in the Australian squad for the inaugural IRB U20s World Championships in Wales.

2009

Selected in the Australian squad U20s for the second-annual IRB Junior World Championships in Japan.

2010

Simmons won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Dean Mumm and in doing so partnered Nathan Sharpe in the 30-13, 1st Test win over South Africa in Brisbane. Simmons won a further three replacement caps before he was selected for the end-of-season Spring Tour. He earned his first run-on cap in the 32-14 victory at Firenze and added a second the following week in the record breaking 59-16 thumping of France in Paris.

2011

Simmons played in 10 of the season’s 13 internationals and won selection to his first Rugby World Cup.

2012

He earned seven Test caps from the 15 internationals played by the Wallabies amid a three-way struggle with Sitaleki Timani and Kane Douglas to partner Sharpe in the lock position on a permanent basis.

2013

Simmons won a career high 14 Test caps, the final 11 of which came in the run-on XV.

2014

He started in 13 internationals and only missed the 2nd Test against Argentina in Mendoza. Simmons won his 50th Test cap in the season’s final match against England at Twickenham.

2015

Simmons won 10 Test caps from a possible 12 starts and was selected to his second Rugby World Cup. He scored the tournament’s fastest try when he intercepted an inside pass from fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, ran thirty metres and touched down after just 68 seconds in the 29-15 semi-final win over Argentina.

2016

Simmons earned 11 Test caps, eight of which were awarded in the starting XV.

2017

He missed selection for the June Test window but bounced back to play in the final 11 internationals of the season.

2018

Simmons picked up 12 caps from the Wallabies 13 Tests. Throughout the year Adam Coleman and Izack Rodda were the preferred starting locks and as a consequence 11 of Simmons’ caps came as an ever-reliable replacement.