‘It’s the best job in the world’ – Simmons

Date published: June 8 2016

Reds second-rower Rob Simmons still finds each Wallaby Test appearance as exciting as his debut, which he made against South Africa back in 2010.

Simmons, who can also play in the flank position, has since that day in Brisbane gone on to make 60 appearances for Australia.

The 27-year-old Reds co-captain still finds each match, he plays for his country, as invigorating as his first cap.

His debut nearly didn't happen after he joined the Wallabies, coached by Robbie Deans back in 2010, with a fractured cheekbone but he manage to pass the needed medical tests to get a run-on.

"The opportunity to represent your country and play in any jersey, even representing your state, it’s always special and I could never imagine anyone just letting it go," Simmons told the official ARU website.

"It’s always special and you have to have that exciting feeling about it I think because you see it all the time, You don’t know when it’s going to end or when it’s going to start."

The Reds lock, who commands the Australia lineout, relishes each Test and admits that he loves and enjoys each moment, the fact that it is a job is an added bonus.

"It’s not harder as such for myself, maybe it could look harder because there’s probably a lot more going in my life now than when I was a 20-year-old just looking to play a few games here and there, but I’ve never really struggled to get up for training," he said.

"It’s the best job in the world so if making sure you’re right to train is the hardest thing then I’ve got it pretty easy."

Who his starting partner is remains more of a mystery, though uncapped Rory Arnold seems the favourite.

If Arnold is to make his debut alongside Simmons on Saturday, the latter said he would be ready.

"He’s come a long way in the last year since he was last in the squad," Simmons added.

"He came up this time last year and I think he’s a lot more prepared this year.

"Watching his form through the Super Rugby, through the set piece and around the field, he’s definitely fit enough and he’s been performing quite well.

"If he’s prepared and gets everything done and proves himself, he’s definitely up to it."

He wasn’t willing to buy into much discussion about his opposition second rowers, only dishing out praise to an English unit with possible the most depth of the whole team.

"Those new guys are part of a winning team for their clubs and they’re going well," he said.

"It’s hard not to pick guys who are in form, it creates competition and to have 4-5 locks creating good depth, it means you can really put any of them in there."