Sims all for Fiji
By WAISEA NASOKIA
The Sims brothers, Ashton, Tariq and Korbin arrived to join the Vodafone Fiji Bati preparation for the 2013 Rugby World Cup in United Kingdom later this month.
Tariq, the second eldest stepped on the Fiji soil for the first time last night as the overseas based players arrived with Vodafone Fiji Bati head coach, Rick Stone.
The North Queensland Cowboys second rower said it was great to finally come home.
“We are very excited to be here together and this is my first time to be here in Fiji,” Sims said.
“I am very excited to see where my family did grow up and the where they are. My brothers have been Fiji before but I was the only one left.”
His elder brother and teammate Ashton Sims, represented the Vodafone Fiji Bati in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup in Australia.
Tariq said they are going to create history as the first siblings to appear in a Fiji Bati jumper.
“This one big opportunity for me to play alongside my brothers in one team, Ashton and I have played together for the last three years in the NRL but never ever the Sims boys played in the same team.
“It will be interesting for the three brothers, as the two more will come for the next tackle or take the next hits up so we just can’t wait to represent Fiji.”
The brothers have maternal links to Ba.
The 23-year-old, played junior football for his home town of Gerringong, NSW, prior moving to Queensland, where he featured in the NYC for the Brisbane Broncos from 2008 – 2010.
His career began as a winger but was advised by the Broncos to put on weight and turned into a forward.
He made his NRL debut in the second round of the 2011 season, against his brothers Newcastle Knights.
He was invited to join the New South Wales State of Origin team during training. After the season, he was shortlisted for the Rugby League International Federation’s Second Rower of the Year award.
Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji Bati team suffered another blow as former South Sydney Rabbitohs John Sutton has been ruled out.
“John (Sutton) was not cleared by the doctors so he did not travel with the team, he has this previous injury so Ryan Millard has been called to replace him,” Fiji Bati assistant coach Jo Rabele said.