Did You Know?
Did you know that Club legend, Eric Simms, holds five Rabbitohs point scoring records? Find out which records he holds in the First Grade Scoring Feats section of our club records page on rabbitohs.com.au.
Widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the Clubs proud history, Simms is best remembered for his freakish kicking ability, and for playing in 206 first-grade games in the red and green, including five straight Grand Finals from 1967 to 1971 – four of which were won by the Rabbitohs.
A South Junior, Simms made his first-grade debut after winning a Premiership with the La Perouse Panthers. After signing with the Rabbitohs as a 19 year-old, Simms initially started off in the centres and on the wing before a positional shift saw him claim the custodian role for the red and greens – a position that he made his own.
On his way to setting a range of Club and competition scoring records, the dynamic fullback single-handedly changed the way that Rugby League was played.
Prior to Simms, field-goals were worth two points, but owing to his prowess with the boot, the NSWRL were forced to decrease the value to one point in 1971 in order to reduce his impact.
While playing for the Rabbitohs, Simms represented Australia on eight occasions, scoring 93 points, and helping his side to claim two World Cup victories in 1968 and 1970.