Korbin Sims

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Korbin Sims
Sims playing for the Knights in 2012.
Personal information
Born (1992-01-02) 2 January 1992 (age 25)
Gerringong, New South Wales, Australia
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop, Lock, Second-row
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 Newcastle Knights 76 7 0 0 28
2017– Brisbane Broncos 3 0 0 0 0
Total 79 7 0 0 28
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 Fiji 6 1 0 0 4
As of 16 March 2017
Source: [1]

Korbin Sims (born 2 January 1992) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. A Fiji international representative, he plays at prop, lock and second-row. He previously played for the Newcastle Knights.


Born in Gerringong, New South Wales, Sims is of Fijian descent. Sims is the younger brother of St. George Illawarra Dragons player Tariq Sims and Warrington Wolves player Ashton Sims. His elder sister Ruan Sims played for the Australian women's team in 2010 and 2015.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Sims played his junior football for the Gerringong Lions and Wests Panthers before being signed by the Brisbane Broncos, along with his brothers, Ashton and Tariq in 2008. Sims played for the Queensland U16's and U18's teams.[3] He played for the Broncos NYC team in 2010, playing alongside his brother Tariq, scoring 2 tries in 9 games.[4] In 2011, Sims joined the Newcastle Knights, playing in the NYC team in 2011 and 2012, scoring 14 tries in 40 games.[4] In 2012, Sims was named at prop in the inaugural Under 20's State of Origin match for Queensland,[5] but withdrew due to a broken hand. Sims was named at prop in the 2012 Toyota Cup Team of the Year.[6] On 2 October 2012, Sims was named at second-row in the Junior Kangaroos team to face the Junior Kiwis.[7]


In Round 3 of the 2013 NRL season, Sims made his NRL debut for the Knights against the North Queensland Cowboys off the interchange bench, playing against his brother Ashton in the Knights 34-6 win at Hunter Stadium.[8] On 3 June, Sims re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract after rejecting offers from the Cowboys and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.[9] Sims made 12 appearances for the season. He was selected in the Fiji 24-man squad along his brothers Ashton and Tariq for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup,[10] playing in 3 matches and scoring a try in his Fiji international debut against Ireland in the 32-14 win at Spotland Stadium.[11]


In Round 7 against the Broncos, Sims scored his first NRL career try in the Knights 32-6 loss at Hunter Stadium.[12] In May, Sims played for Fiji in the Pacific Rugby League International. Fiji lost the test match 32-16, but Korbin stole the limelight with a massive shot on Samoan opponent Isaac Liu.[13] Sims finished the year with him playing in 20 matches and scoring 2 tries.


In the pre-season, Sims played for the Knights in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[14] On 13 March, he again re-signed with the Knights on a 2-year contract.[15] On 2 May, he played for Fiji against Papua New Guinea in the 2015 Melanesian Cup.[16][17]

On 10 May, Sims groped the genitals of opposition player and former team mate Willie Mason, an action described by Rugby League writer Brad Walter as being "infantile", "bizarre and offensive", and worthy of punishment due to the potential for the incident to portray the NRL in a distasteful and damaging light.[18] Despite some rugby league reporters calling for harsh disciplinary action as a result of the incident,[18] Mason was unperturbed, stating that he found the incident "hilarious."[19] Sims received a warning from the NRL match review committee.[19] Sims apologized for any offence caused to those who were watching the game and described it as a "harmless gesture between two friends."[19]

On 10 June, Sims was named as 20th-man for the Queensland team for game 2 of the 2015 State of Origin series. In the same match, his brother, Tariq, was named as 19th-man for New South Wales.[20] However, neither of them played in the match. Sims finished off the 2015 season having played in 22 matches and scoring 2 tries.[21]


On 12 January, Sims was selected in the QAS Emerging Maroons squad.[22] In February, he played for the Knights in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[23] He finished the 2016 season having played in 22 matches and scoring 3 tries.[24] In October, he played for Fiji against Samoa, starting at lock in the 20-18 win at Apia Park.[25]


In January, Sims signed a 2-year contract with the Brisbane Broncos starting effective immediately, after being released from the final year of his Knights contract.[26][27] He made his Broncos debut in round 1 of the 2017 season, starting at prop against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, in the Broncos' 26-18 win at Shark Park.[28]


  1. ^ "Korbin Sims - Career Stats & Summary". Rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  2. ^ Brad Walter (The Sydney Morning Herald) (17 May 2013). "Sims sister Ruan leading way as female participation swells". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sims ready to defy family ties". NRL.com. 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  4. ^ a b [1] Archived 10 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Keeble, Brett (2012-04-16). "Blues lose Korbin Sims to Queensland | Newcastle Herald". Theherald.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  6. ^ "Toyota Cup Team of the Year". NRL.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Junior Kangaroos side announced". NRL.com. 2012-10-02. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  8. ^ Brett Keeble. "Thurston's 200th game overshadowed by big-scoring Knights". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  9. ^ "Korbin Sims re-signs with Knights". Smh.com.au. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  10. ^ "Rugby League World Cup squads". NRL.com. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  11. ^ "BBC Sport - Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". Bbc.com. 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  12. ^ "Brisbane Broncos rock-solid as Newcastle Knights crumble at Hunter Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  13. ^ "Gutsy Samoa secures place in Four Nations tournament following win over Fiji". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  14. ^ "KNIGHTS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  15. ^ "Korbin Sims re-signs with Knights". Smh.com.au. 2015-03-13. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  16. ^ "Representative Round team lists". NRL.com. 2015-05-03. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  17. ^ "Korbin Sims Storms into Maroons Origin Contention with Stand Out Performance in Fiji's Win Over Papua New Guinea". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  18. ^ a b "Korbin Sims selection as damaging for NRL as Willie Mason incident.". 
  19. ^ a b c Adrian Proszenko. "Newcastle Knights forward Korbin Sims breaks silence on 'Williegate'". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2015-05-13. 
  20. ^ Father defends Sims boys' rights to take divergent Origin paths smh.com.au, 13 June 2015
  21. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-25. 
  22. ^ "Maroons name Emerging Origin squad". NRL.com. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  23. ^ "Knights Announce Nines Squad - Rugby League Week". Rugbyleagueweek.com.au. 2016-01-28. Retrieved 2016-02-04. 
  24. ^ "Custom Match List". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-09-10. 
  25. ^ October 8, 20164:52pm (2016-10-08). "Samoa v Fiji rugby league Test live: kick off time, TV time, live scores, live updates". News.com.au. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 
  26. ^ Broncos.com.au. "Korbin Sims joins the Broncos". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  27. ^ "Knights prop Korbin Sims will join the Broncos effective immediately". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2017-01-20. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 
  28. ^ "Nocookies". The Australian. Retrieved 2017-03-05. 

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