Ahead of the kick-off the the 2014 Rugby Championship, we were given the opportunity to fire some questions at Australia’s Rob Simmons. The Wallabies welcome the All Blacks to the ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday morning.
Simmons is only 25 but already has 40 international caps to his name. He has represented his Super Rugby side, the Queensland Reds, 79 times scoring 3 tries. After the Rugby Championship, Australia travel to Europe to take on the Barbarians, Wales, England and Ireland.
Here’s what he had to say when we chatted to him.
Are you looking forward to the Wallabies’ upcoming tour to the Northern Hemisphere?
Yes, I’m really looking forward to playing in the Northern Hemisphere. I always enjoy playing the spring tour games. It’s a different style of rugby and is obviously a big challenge for us. It will definitely be great preparation for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.
What do you see as the main differences between Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership?
The major difference, in my mind, is that the Super Rugby competition is less forgiving than the Aviva competition. In Super Rugby, if you have a bad game there are plenty of players waiting in the wings to take your place.
Who has been the toughest opponent that you’ve ever faced?
Julian Savea (All Blacks). He is a powerful winger who has the ability to bust through tackles and to run around us big blokes in the tight.
What is your most memorable game that you’ve played in for the Wallabies?
There are three that stand out in my mind:
1. My debut in 2010 in front of my home crowd at the Suncorp Stadium.
2. Winning the Tri-Nations in 2011 at the Suncorp Stadium (something that hadn’t been done in over 10 years).
3. Playing the All Blacks in the RWC semi-final in 2011 (with the thought in the back of my mind that winning that game would mean going through to the final and being able to ‘lift bill’ (William Webb Ellis trophy).
How do you relax away from rugby?
I love any type of water related activities. My girlfriend’s parents have a place down the coast so whenever I have a free weekend away from rugby we usually head down to there to make the most of the beach and surf.
How long have you been wearing SKINS Compression clothing for?
I was first introduced to SKINS when I was playing rugby at school at the age of 16.
How are the Power Shorts different from any other SKINS compression garments?
For me personally, the Power Shorts provide extra support to eliminate fatigue through the hips and legs (something that is always helpful for my position at lock).
What is your proudest moment in rugby?
Winning the Super Rugby title with the Queensland Reds in 2011 – something that I would only dream of when I was growing up.
Best advice for any young rugby player who aspires to play for their country?
1. Hard work pays off.
2. Always do what you enjoy.