Queensland Reds’ Rob Simmons is tackled by NSW Waratahs’ Luke Burgess during their Super Rugby match at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, earlier this year.
Queensland Reds’ Rob Simmons is tackled by NSW Waratahs’ Luke Burgess during their Super Rugby match at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, earlier this year. DEAN LEWINS

Qld spirit fuels Reds

QUEENSLAND Reds lock and Theodore product Rob Simmons is fuelled by the fighting Queensland spirit.

Simmons lines up for the Reds against New South Wales tonight in Queensland’s pursuit of a club record seventh straight win.

After their 30-6 loss to NSW

in round two, the Reds will have

to turn around an eight-game losing streak to NSW if they are to do so.

While that is more than enough to spur Simmons, the Queenslander, whose home town is slowly rebuilding after it was ravaged by the floods earlier this year, said he would harness the Queensland spirit in tonight’s round 10 fixture.

“These people who have lost everything in the floods have shown what being a Queenslander is all about,” he said.

“Their efforts have been inspiring stuff. We will take that Queensland spirit onto the field against the Waratahs. It’s a game we aim to win.

“Sometime people refer to Reds players as their heroes. But the real heroes were obvious during the floods and Cyclone Yasi.

“The worst of times can bring out the best in Queenslanders.”

Simmons and teammate Mike Harris have joined forces with Indigo Telecom to offer the opportunity of a lifetime to one young rugby player.

Three clubs or school teams across Queensland will host special training sessions by Reds coach Ewen McKenzie with one player winning corporate box tickets, airfares, accommodation and transfers for a Reds match in Brisbane.

McKenzie urged Rockhampton residents to nominate a deserving child, club or school.

“It’s been called a summer of sorrow and the wild weather has certainly devastated many sporting fields and clubs in Rockhampton,” he said.

“Some clubs/schools are doing it tough out there and trying to recover, while others are volunteering their time, efforts and dollars and showing the true Queensland spirit by helping others rebuild.

“I’d encourage all Rockhampton residents to nominate a deserving child, club or school to win this once-in-a-lifetime Reds experience.”

To be nominated for a place in Team Indigo FC you must be able to prove you belong to a junior rugby club or school team in Queensland and have either suffered significant flood or cyclone damage at your footy club/school or helped other people in the recovery effort.

If you know a player or club/school who deserves this ultimate Reds experience, head to www.indigotelecom.com.au/promotion by May 31.



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