First day of school feels for Simmons in Sky Blue


By NSW Waratahs Media unit

In his second day on the job, new NSW lock Rob Simmons has embraced the challenges of being the new kid on the block in 2018.

“There’s that ‘first day of school’ feeling.”

Bringing with him a total of 78 international Test caps, Simmons is excited about the prospect of playing in a new State.

“I don’t want to come in and be a passenger. I want to bring everything I’ve got – my game and my experience. It’s a fresh start with a new challenge and opportunity down here and I want to prove myself,” he said.

Simmons joins the squad with a host of returning Wallabies, including Jack Dempsey, Ned Hanigan, Curtis Rona, Tom Robertson, Nick Phipps and Israel Folau.

“We had our testing on Monday and everyone did reasonably well as far as I know… Everyone is focused on what they want to achieve and you can see that from day one,” he said.

With a majority of the team now back together at the new training facilities at UNSW’s David Phillips Sports Complex, Simmons says the sights have now been set on the upcoming pre-season trial matches, which kick off against the Highlanders in Queenstown on 2 February.

“It feels like a new team and everyone wants to put their hand up and play well in that first trial game,” he said.

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