Royce Simmons

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Royce Michael Simmons
Born
Monday, 2nd May, 1960
Current Age
54 years and 232 days
Place Of Birth
Gooloongong, New South Wales, Australia

Awards & Accolades

1984
Dally M Hooker Of The Year

Biography

Born in the country town of Gooloogong near Cowra, Simmons was a Country U’16s RU rep (touring Tasmania as a halfback). He played first grade rugby league for both Cowra and Canowindra as a teenager before coming to Sydney and trialling with both St George (1979) and Souths (1980). Simmons finally earned a contract with Penrith after being recommended to Panthers coach Len Stacker by former P’matta team-mate, international centre Barry Rushworth. After making his first grade debut in 1980, he played lock for much of 1981 before snaring the top hooker spot from Jim Jones in 1981. Taking over as captain in 1983, Simmons was consistently one of Penrith's best players during the club's ‘easy-beats’ days. He won his first NSW jersey in 1984 (after originally being overlooked in favour of NSW Country’s Rex Wright) and two years later, became the first Penrith player to represent Australia. In 1986 Simmons bounced back from a heavy knock to win the man-of-the-match award in the first State of Origin match in Brisbane and NSW’s 3-0 series win guaranteed him a spot in the Australian Test team. He made his ‘green and gold’ debut against NZ at Carlaw Park - the first of 10 Test appearances over the next year including all six Tests on the Kangaroo Tour. His final Test was the 13-6 loss to NZ in 1987 after retaining his NSW spot despite being snubbed by Country Origin selectors. After being dropped from the NSW side in 1988, Simmons was overlooked for further rep honours. At Penrith he maintained a battle against injury to retain his first grade position but after leading the club to their first grand final (a loss to Canberra in 1990) he was relieved of the club captaincy by Panthers coach Phil Gould. Simmons struggled through much of his last season but exited the game triumphantly with two incredible tries in the 19-12 grand final against the Raiders to capture the Panthers' first premiership. He went to English Club Hull to start his coaching career and it was almost fate that he was back in Australia and ready to take over from Phil Gould toward the end of the 1994 season. Simmons coached Penrith to the semi-finals in 1997’s Super League season, and again in 2000, but ultimately paid the price for showing loyalty to his players during the club’s disastrous 2001 season. A laconic, laid-back character with a dry wit, Simmons steadfastly refused to blame his players for the team’s poor showing– supporting long-serving captain Steve Carter’s when his form wavered and persevering with Craig Gower as hooker so that the young rake could make the Kangaroo Tour. Despite refraining from publicly criticising the club’s failure to buy new players, Simmons was released from the remaining two years of his contract when the club finished with the wooden spoon. In 2003 he linked with former Penrith team-mate and first grade coach, Tim Sheens, at the W’Tigers. Autobiography: Hooked on League (2001).

- 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 1986-87 10 - -   - - 9 1 0 90.00% Match list
Overall 1986-1987 10 0 0   0 9 1 0 90.00% Match list

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1986 4 - -   - - 4 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1986 4 0 0   0 4 0 0 100.00% Match list


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
New South Wales 1984, 1986-88 10 1 -   - 4 6 4 0 60.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1984, 1986 2 - -   - - 2 0 0 100.00% Match list
NSW Country 1988 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1984-1988 13 1 0   0 4 8 5 0 61.54% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith NSWRFL 1980 3 - -   - - 0 3 0 0.00% Match list
Penrith NSWRFL 1981 21 1 -   1 4 8 13 0 38.10% Match list
Penrith NSWRFL 1982 22 3 -   - 9 6 15 1 27.27% Match list
Penrith NSWRFL 1983 25 2 -   - 8 9 16 0 36.00% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1984 23 2 -   1 9 11 11 1 47.83% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1985 26 2 -   - 8 14 11 1 53.85% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1986 20 - -   - - 8 12 0 40.00% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1987 19 1 -   1 5 6 13 0 31.58% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1988 22 - -   - - 14 8 0 63.64% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1989 24 - -   - - 16 8 0 66.67% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1990 21 2 -   - 8 13 7 1 61.90% Match list
Penrith NSWRL 1991 11 2 1 / 1 100.00% - 10 11 0 0 100.00% Match list
Overall 1980-1991 ? 15 1   3 61 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1980-91 237 15 1   3 61 116 117 4 48.95% Match list
Overall 1980-1991 ? 15 1   3 61 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1980-1991 8 3 -   - 12 4 4 0 50.00% Match list
Overall 1985-1991 8 3 0   0 12 4 4 0 50.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Penrith 1980-91 238 16 1   4 65 120 122 4 50.42% Match list
Overall 1980-1991 ? 16 1   4 65 ? ? ? ?  

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