CONFIRMED | 100-cap Wallaby star confirms move to London Irish
Wallaby lock Rob Simmons has all but confirmed a move from the New South Wales Waratahs to London Irish.
The 31-year-old, who can also play in the back-row, won his 100th international cap against Georgia in Shizuoka at the Rugby World Cup in Japan last October.
“I don’t know if I always had wanted to do it if you’d asked me six or seven years ago,” Simmons told the Herald.
🗣️ "It was a really tough decision (to leave) but after speaking with many people around me, I felt that now was the time to take the opportunity to play overseas." #GallagherPrem
🇦🇺 Waratahs captain Rob Simmons heading to London Irish. 👇https://t.co/zmXLLxC5Qv
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) July 31, 2020
“But as I’ve got older and had more experiences … it became apparent you’ve only got a certain lifetime to do so. It was an opportunity that came up and I didn’t want to miss it.
“I said to the club I want to play until the end of the Super competition and give everything I’ve got until the end. That was pretty important to me.
“It wasn’t an easy decision, especially being captain of the group. I’ve always got a soft spot for this team and I’ll be watching it from afar. I’ve tried to give everything I can in a short period of time, even before captaincy.”
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