Simmons and Hunt named Best Forward and Back


By NSW Rugby Media

NSW Waratahs and Wallabies forward, Rob Simmons has been awarded Best Forward at the 2019 NSW Rugby Awards this evening, with Karmichael Hunt named Best Back.

The duo were recognised for some outstanding performances in the 2019 season, with Simmons a model of consistency, punching out big minutes in the middle of the field and Hunt proving provider to his outside backs in a season cut short by injury.

Simmons – who recently signed a two-year contract extension – was lauded by Defence Coach, Steve Tandy for his contribution in 2019.

“I think he’s just been unbelievably consistent in what he does, his all-round game – he’s good with the ball in his hand, strong defensively, understands the set piece and always keen to learn,” Tandy said.

“The work he does away from the environment, the way he carries himself in the gym, in meetings, the way he analyses his individual preparation – he’s a model professional.

“If you give Simmo a job you know he’s going to do it really well. He’s the sort of character that doesn’t say too much, but when he does speak, people listen.

“He’s a great bloke to have around and just a good human being, him playing so well is just an added bonus really.”

Tandy was also full of praise for Hunt – a new arrival at Daceyville in 2019 – for the impact he had on the younger members of the NSW Waratahs backline.

“He’s just an uncompromising character and like Rob, the ultimate professional – a champion in the way he goes about his work,” Tandy added.

“Playing all the sports he has played his skills are exceptional, and he’s unbelievably tough.

“His intent and the way he carries himself around the field is so impressive, and he backs those skills up with aggression.

“For me personally, having Karmichael around the defensive leaders is great, the experience he offers has been invaluable.

“He’s awesome with our younger players and works so closely with them, and sets the example for them – seeing his work ethic, his appetite for knowledge and willingness to improve himself is helping get the best out of those around him.”

Rob Simmons

Rob Simmons






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