Rob Simmons signs two-year Wallabies, Waratahs extension

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The NSW Waratahs have secured the services of Wallabies lock Rob Simmons until 2021 after the Test star signed a two-year extension with Rugby Australia and the Super Rugby club.

Simmons joined the side at the beginning of the 2018 season, quickly becoming a leader of the pack with his work up front and added 31 caps to his name in two seasons.

Speaking from Wallabies camp, Simmons said he hoped to repay the Waratahs and Wallabies faith over his next two years with the side.

"It's been a great move to Sydney, both professionally and personally. My family have really enjoyed it and the Waratahs have been good to me so hopefully I can repay them over the next two years," Simmons said.

"The group [Wallabies] is very focused on what they want to achieve and I'm just trying to support Hoops (Michael Hooper) in every way possible so that we can continue to mature as a group.

"The Wallabies have been a big part of my life for nearly a decade now and I'm hugely proud whenever I get the chance to wear the Wallaby jersey. I obviously knew that I had the option to still play for Australia and be based overseas and I had interest from a few clubs but that just wasn't what I wanted to do."

NSWRU general manager for rugby, Tim Rapp credited Simmons' experience at international level had made an impact with the struggling side.

"Rob is a real presence around the group and has been a fantastic role model and support to our young guys in particular," Rapp said.

"His leadership, his overall professionalism and the standards he drives are a great example for any players coming through our pathways.

"Rob has been one of our most consistent performers on the field and he's a someone the coaching staff can rely on in any situation - his work at the set piece has been incredibly important.

"I'm glad a player of Rob's character, calibre and experience has chosen to remain a NSW Waratah for another two seasons."