Reds to use Simmons at six

Date published: January 24 2014

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons could spend some time at blindside flanker for the Reds according to boss Richard Graham.

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons could spend some time at blindside flanker for the Reds according to boss Richard Graham.

Simmons was used at six by Australia on the end-of-year tour against Italy by former Queensland boss Ewen McKenzie.

The 24-year-old, who already has 37 caps for the Wallabies, was arguably Australia's best lock in 2013.

However that doesn't mean that Graham will purely play Simmons in the engine room.

Curtis Browning, Liam Gill, Jake Schatz, Ed Quirk and Beau Robinson make up the Reds current back-row supplies, with Radike Samo having moved to Japan and Jarrad Butler joining the Brumbies.

“Rob and I have talked about [playing in the back row] at various levels, and I know if the opportunity arises he'd be happy to play there for us,” Graham told RugbyGold.

“There's an opportunity for us because we've got some good depth in the second row.

“A shift from second-row to blindside flanker isn't a big stretch for him.”

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