3 August 2020
The Exiles’ latest addition to the squad is Australia international Rob Simmons.
But how much do you know about the 31-year-old Wallaby?
We’ve selected five random things to help you get to know the established Aussie international a little bit better
1. April 19 omen
Rob celebrates his birthday on 19 April – call it coincidence if you like, but that was the very same date that the Exiles clinched promotion back to the Gallagher Premiership in 2019!
2. School success
Born in Queensland, Simmons attended The Southport School as a child. Renowned for its strong sporting tradition, the boys boarding school has produced many Australian and international athletes of note over the years, including Aussie golfer Adam Scott, the former world number one.
3. Quick off the mark!
Irish fans will be hoping Rob gets off to a flier in an Exiles shirt – and he's got history! Simmons scored with a second minute intercept try in Australia's Rugby World Cup semi-final win over Argentina in 2015 – the fastest try of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
After making his Australia debut in 2010, Simmons reached the century milestone at the 2015 World Cup, hitting the three figures against Georgia in Shizuoka last October.
5. Lucky number seven!
Rob becomes the seventh Australian in the current Exiles squad – joining Ollie Hoskins, Sekope Kepu, Adam Coleman, Ben Meehan, Nick Phipps and Curtis Rona.
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