Eric Simms

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Born
Thursday, 2nd August, 1945
Current Age
73 years and 75 days
Place Of Birth
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Clive Churchill Medal
1968

Biography

Superlative goal-kicker set many records during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Simms grew up in Raymond Terrace but was a Souths President's Cup player in 1965 when he was called up into the club's top grade. Playing in the centres in the grand final against St George, Simms kicked two goals in the 12-8 loss … and then played for La Perouse in his district competition a week later! Simms went on to play in five consecutive grand finals from 1967-71 … his boot guided the club to victory with a late goal in the 1967 grand final over C’bury, against Manly in 1968 (5g) and in 1970, again against Manly, when he scored 14pts (4g, 3fg) in Souths’ 23-12 win. Simms provided another piece of rugby league history when his field goal against St George in the 1971 grand final resulted in a 1-0 half-time score. (His field goal ability indirectly resulted in the League reducing it to just one point in 1971.) In 1969 Simms kicked 19fg compared with one - in the grand final - in 1971). He was the season's leading point-scorer from 1967 to 1970, breaking Dave Brown's long-standing season total with 265pts (1t, 112g, 19fg) in 1969. In a match against Penrith that year, Simms potted 6g and a record 5fg! Simms was a member of Australia's victorious World Cup teams in 1968 (scoring a record 50pts in the competition) and again in 1970 (a late call up when Graeme Langlands withdrew with a broken hand). In the 1970 World Cup final at Leeds, he was punched in the face as he attempted to shake hands with Great Britain winger John Atkinson after the match. Although his point-scoring record was ultimately beaten by P’matta’s Mick Cronin in 1978, Simms’ 11 goals in a match (twice) is still a club record. The greatest point-scorer in the history of Souths, he left the club at the end of 1975 to take on a captain-coach role with Crookwell.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1968, 1970 8 1 37   5 87 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1968-1970 8 1 37   5 87 6 2 0 75.00% Match list

International Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1968-1970 1 - 2   - 4 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1970 1 0 2   0 4 1 0 0 100.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1968, 1970 8 1 37   5 87 6 2 0 75.00% Match list
Overall 1968-1970 8 1 37   5 87 6 2 0 75.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1968 1 - 6   1 14 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1969 1 - 4   1 10 1 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1968-1969 2 0 10   2 24 2 0 0 100.00% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1965 ? - 14   - 28  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1966 ? 2 39   - 84  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1967 ? 3 100   12 233  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1968 ? - 77   29 212  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1969 ? 1 112   19 265  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1970 ? 3 96   20 241  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1971 ? 3 88   1 186  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1972 ? 2 81   2 170  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1973 ? 2 62   1 131  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1974 ? 2 66   - 138  
South Sydney NSWRFL 1975 ? 5 68   2 153  
Overall 1965-1975 ? 23 803   86 1,841 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1965-75 ? 23 803   86 1841 ? ? ? ?  
Overall 1965-1975 ? 23 803   86 1,841 ? ? ? ?  

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
South Sydney 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971 7 24 814   86 1866 6 1 0 85.71% Match list
Overall 1965-1975 7 24 814   86 1,866 6 1 0 85.71% Match list

Your Say

Luket says: "Ecca" was also known as Mr Cool - so good under the high ball and taking pressure kicks at goal. (01/08/2012)

Anthony kassis says: Happy birthday! You are my football legend. You are the best (02/08/2016)

Geoffrey Pearson says: I met Eric Simms at the Yarra Bay Sailing Club when I was in my teens and Eric was reaching the peak of his career. Eric sponsored a race in the Junior Division and he came out to watch us rig our boats, sail the race and he also signed several autographs.

Eric was arguably the greatest footballer of all time. After all, who else has caused the NRL to change the rules of the game to stop them being the most prolific point scorer, year after year.

Eric was an international champion of rugby league but a more humble gentleman you could never meet. If the NRL players of today conducted themselves in the manner of Eric Simms, both on and off the field, then Rugby League today would still have the image and respect it did 50 years ago. (22/03/2018)

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