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Reds cut Test veteran Simmons

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 6/06/2017

Rob Simmons of the Reds © Paul Kane/Getty Images Rob Simmons of the Reds Wallabies veteran Rob Simmons' playing future is uncertain after the Queensland Reds surprised by announcing they won't re-sign him.

A veteran of 72 Tests for Australia, 28-year-old Simmons was a starting second rower for the Wallabies in the 2015 World Cup final.

However, Queensland coach Nick Stiles said the Reds believed their future lay with their clutch of young second rowers, principally 20-year-olds Lukhan Tui and Izack Rodda, who started in the last match against the Blues in Samoa.

Tui has been called up to the Wallabies for the June Tests and Rodda is also highly regarded.

The Reds also have fellow Wallaby World Cup lock Kane Douglas on their books.

Simmons has played 112 times for Queensland over nine seasons.

Considered a high-class lineout exponent, Simmons' physicality and ball-carrying have been questioned at times and he was dropped twice in three months by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika last year as the likes of Rory Arnold and Adam Coleman blossomed.

Stiles said it was a difficult but necessary decision by the Reds.

"These conversations are never easy, especially with players who have been with Queensland since they started and who have given their all for the State and the organisation," Stiles said.

"However, we believe that the future lies with the players who started the game in Samoa last weekend and with other emerging second-row talent that has come through our under-20s program.

"The reality is that all Australian Super Rugby teams have to make decisions based on future priorities, as well as salary cap limitations.

"Rob will leave us at the end of the year with our best wishes and gratitude for the long service he has given Queensland."

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