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.
Represented Australian Schools against Tongan Schools, Fijian Schools and New Zealand Schools.
Selected in the Australian squad for the U19s World Championships in Ireland.
Selected in the Australian squad for the inaugural U20s World Championships in Wales.
Selected in the Australian squad U20s for the Junior World Championships in Japan.
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.
Simmons played in 10 of the season’s 13 internationals and won selection for his first Rugby World Cup.
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.
Simmons won a career high 14 Test caps, the final 11 of which came in the run-on XV.
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.
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.
Simmons earned 11 Test caps, eight of which were awarded in the starting XV.
He missed selection for the June Series but bounced back to play in the final 11 internationals of the season.