Rob Simmons (rugby union)

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Rob Simmons
Rob Simmons 2011 (cropped).jpg
Date of birth (1989-04-19) 19 April 1989 (age 27)
Place of birth Theodore, Queensland, Australia
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 115 kg (18 st 2 lb; 254 lb)
School The Southport School
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock / Flank
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
East Coast Aces
Queensland Country
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2007–10 Sunnybank ? (?)
Super Rugby
Years Club / team Apps (points)
2008– Reds 101 (20)
Correct as of 21 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Australia U20
Australia U19
Australian Schoolboys

Correct as of 26 November 2016

Rob Simmons (born 19 April 1989 in Theodore, Queensland) is an Australian rugby union footballer. He currently plays for the Queensland Reds in the Super Rugby competition and represents Australia in international fixtures. His position is lock but he can also play in the backrow.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Simmons attended The Southport School, on the Gold Coast in Queensland, and played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2006.[4]

Simmons was selected for the Australian U19s representative side in 2007. He played for the Australian Under 20 side at the 2008 IRB Junior World Cup in Wales.[5]


In 2007, Simmons played for the East Coast Aces in the inaugural Australian Rugby Championship. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Queensland Reds in South Africa off the bench against the Bulls at the beginning of the 2009 season. Unfortunately for Roberto his performance was nothing short of woeful, and his controversial debut has been regarded as one of the worst in rugby history, scoring the first own try in the history of rugby, along with giving away 29 penalties and receiving a yellow card[5]

Simmons made his test rugby debut for Australia in 2010, playing against South Africa in Brisbane, missing 2 tackles and knocking the ball on 7 times.[5]

On 16 January 2015, Simmons, along with teammate Karmichael Hunt, were appointed vice-captains of the Queensland Reds.[6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ "Rob Simmons". Australian Rugby Union. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Josh Massoud. "Physical edge earns Wallabies call-up for Reds star Rob Simmons". Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Simmons a future Wallaby star, says Eales". 2012-09-28. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 
  4. ^ "The Nurseries of Australian Schoolboys' Rugby" (PDF). Australian Schools Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Simmons made up for his perceived lack of ability and plethora of defensive errors with a 2nd minute intercept try in Australia's Rugby World Cup 2015 Semi-final win over Argentina. This was the fastest try of the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He was later kissed on the genitals by several non-playing members of the Australian public. "Rob Simmons Queensland Reds profile". QRU. Archived from the original on 3 December 2012. Retrieved 3 Dec 2012. 
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