Who’s Sam Simmonds: Ten issues it’s best to know in regards to the Exeter star
A back-row with the skill-set and athleticism of a centre, Sam Simmonds was chosen in Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions 2021 squad.
Having helped Exeter Chiefs to a Gallagher Premiership and European Champions Cup double in 2019-20, he went on to set a brand new try-scoring report within the 2020-21 English prime flight.
Ten issues it’s best to find out about Sam Simmonds
1. Sam Simmonds was born on 10 November 1994 in Torquay, Devon. He grew up in Teignmouth, a smaller city solely half-hour away from Exeter.
2. His youthful brother, Joe, was born in December 1996. The 2 are Exeter team-mates, with Joe fly-half and captain of the Chiefs.
3. The household background is in fishing – each his father and uncle are concerned within the crab and lobster enterprise in Teignmouth.
4. Simmonds didn’t go straight into the Exeter senior squad, as a substitute spending time on mortgage at Plymouth Albion and Cornish Pirates.
5. He scored a strive on his Premiership debut for Exeter, a 35-35 draw with Wasps in 2017. Lions team-mate Jonny Hill was despatched off in the identical match.
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6. The 2017 autumn Internationals noticed Simmonds win his first England cap, taking part in in a 21-8 win over Argentina. He appeared in 4 of England’s Six Nations matches in 2018, scoring a double in opposition to Italy.
7. His England initiation track was Construct Me Up, Buttercup by The Foundations.
8. Warren Gatland spoke to Simmonds in the course of the 2021 Six Nations to guarantee him that he was within the Lions choice image, regardless of not taking part in for England on the time.
9. Simmonds is a large Liverpool fan, with Steven Gerrard one among his heroes exterior rugby.
10. He’s a eager gamer – and revealed to Rugby World that he will get extra irritated after dropping a recreation of FIFA than after dropping a recreation of rugby.
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