Rob Simmons
Position Lock
Date of birth 19 April 1989
Height 200cm
Weight 115kg
Debut 2010 v South Africa, Brisbane
Caps 94

Biography

Rob Simmons hails from Theodore, a small Queensland farming district west of Bundaberg. Educated at The Southport School, Simmons 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 2006 Southport School 1st XV alongside future Wallabies prop James Slipper. He represented Australia at both schools and aged levels before debuting for Queensland against the Bulls 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.

Highlights 

2006

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

2007

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

2008

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

2009

Selected in the Australian squad U20s for the Junior World Championships in Japan.

2010

Simmons won his first Test cap off the bench against South Africa in Brisbane. Simmons won a further three replacement caps before he was selected for the Spring Tour, earning two starts on that trip.

2011

Simmons played in 10 of the season’s 13 internationals and won selection for 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 a 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 for his second Rugby World Cup. He scored the tournament’s fastest try, scoring just 68 seconds into Australia’s 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 Series 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.

The Rugby Championship 2020 season

Points 0
Successful Tackles 2
Missed Tackles 1