Simmons staying put

Simmons staying put

WALLABIES AND Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union for another two years.

The 16-test veteran's new deal will see him ply his trade in Australia until the end of 2013.

Simmons, 22, made his international debut in 2010 and played in 10 of the Wallabies’ 13 tests last year.

His goal is to now establish himself as a first-choice lock for Australia in the coming years.

“The last two years have been great, being a part of the Wallabies, and I am really looking forward to the challenges of the next two years,” says Simmons.

“My focus is currently on the Reds and starting the Super Rugby season off on the right foot, but I am also very keen to get back in the gold jersey and represent my country again."

He also believes the Wallabies are heading in the right direction after their third-place finish at last year’s Rugby World Cup.

“When I look at the other players that have re-signed in the last 12-months and what we achieved last year, I think there is opportunity for us to enjoy some more success in the coming years and I am very keen to be a part of and contribute to that success.”

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans welcomed Simmons’ decision to re-sign with the ARU.

“Players always have choice. Rob is a player who has a big future and is working hard towards that, so it's pleasing he sees his future.

“The fact that we have been able to keep our core group of Wallabies together is a positive sign for the direction the team is headed in, and the players' commitment to that.”

Meanwhile, former Wallaby Adam Wallace-Harrison has re-signed with the Queensland Rugby Union until the end of 2014.

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