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By NSW Waratahs Media unit
The NSW Waratahs are pleased to announce that Wallaby lock and former Queensland Reds vice-captain Rob Simmons has signed to play with them from the start of the 2018 season.
The 28-year old Simmons who first played for the Reds in 2009 will join the NSW Waratahs on a two-year deal that will see him in a sky blue jersey until the next Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.
“I gave the decision to come to NSW a lot of careful consideration and decided the move was right. Now I’m really looking forward to the challenge of helping the Waratahs to win another Super Rugby title,” says Simmons.
Simmons has played 73 Tests for the Wallabies after making his Test rugby debut for Australia against South Africa in Brisbane in 2010. His most recent Test was when he was named in the starting team for the Second Test against NZ in Dunedin last weekend.
The Test lock has earned 114 Super Rugby caps in his career since graduating from the Australian Schoolboys team of 2006 and the Australian Under 20’s team in 2008.
NSW Waratah Coach Daryl Gibson says that Simmons not only adds experience to the forward pack, but has a driving ambition to succeed.
“What stood out was that even with 73 Test caps to his credit, Rob is still hungry to play at the highest possible level and his determination to get there will drive our whole pack forward,” said Gibson.
“Our younger locks like Ryan McCauley and Tom Staniforth will benefit from having Rob working with them and teaching them from his years of experience as a Test player.
“We’re still a young team and what Rob will bring is that edge that comes from his 100 plus Super Rugby caps and his vast Test experience.
“Rob adds a great dimension to our lineout and a real strength in our scrums.”
Simmons will start training with the NSW Waratahs at the completion of his Test commitments.
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