Ashton Sims on: Fiji, playing alongside his brothers, Headingley & expansion

Drew Darbyshire

Former Fiji international Ashton Sims is our latest guest on My Set of Six.

We’re asking you, the fans, plus players, coaches and other rugby league personalities to give us their answers to our set of six questions.

Favourite away ground?

There really are so many, but as a self-confessed cricket tragic, it has to be Headingley, Leeds.

Favourite player?

I always loved watching Mark Geyer – raw, passionate, fiery and could ball play too. Rod Wishart was another one of my favourites. But most of all, I looked up to the guys who played for my hometown club Gerringong Lions. These were guys I could relate to, guys who seemed real to me and were idols of mine.

Favourite memory?

Playing for Fiji at the 2013 World Cup with my two little brothers was a true highlight. Coming from a very humble childhood to the professional ranks of rugby league was a really satisfying feeling.

Worst memory?

Tough one, but the three Grand Final qualifiers I lost in the NRL and losing the 2016 Super League Grand Final with Warrington at Old Trafford were tough pills to swallow.

Best match you’ve seen?

I’ve been lucky enough to witness a few first hand, but the 2014 NRL Grand Final between Souths and the Bulldogs was sensational. The raw emotion when Souths won was electric.

Your wish for the future of rugby league?

I really want to see our game strengthen at the grassroots and expand into new territory. This is the game I love, the game that has given me so much and I want to help it break new ground and be a sustainable sport for generations to come.

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