New Waratahs captain Rob Simmons admits he has found his first few weeks in the job tough, but insists his struggling side are “staying connected” as they bid to recover from their worst ever Super Rugby start.


The Tahs have never previously lost their first two Super games of a campaign and go into their bye this week at 0-3.

Having lost all of their games by at least 14 points, their -52 points differential is twice as bad as any other team in the competition.

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“We’re 0-3. If that doesn’t ring alarm bells then I’m probably not doing my job,” Wallabies lock Simmons said.

“Realistically, we need to get our attack going a bit better, hold on to the ball to start with (so we can) really unleash some good attacking individuals through some space.”


Simmons said he was enjoying the captaincy after taking over as leader of a new-look side from openside flanker Michael Hooper.

“It’s a challenge and it’s hard, but if it was easy it probably wouldn’t be so satisfying,” Simmons said.

“It’s tough, we’re 0-3. But speaking to guys who have been there before, getting a win would help a lot. It would bring the confidence of the group up.”


The experienced second rower said the group were trying to stay connected away from the rugby field.

“That connected part is really what keeps confidence going, and talking it out,” Simmons said,

“We all bring that to the table and we find out where our issues lie.”

The Waratahs returned to training on Friday after a few days off.

They get back into competitive action next Friday against the Lions at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium, one of six home venues NSW are using this season while the Sydney Football Stadium is being rebuilt.


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