Ashton Sims Announces Retirement
Rugby League stalwart and Toronto Wolfpack favorite Ashton Sims has announced his decision to hang up the boots at the end of the 2019 season. Sims has taken to the field a remarkable 384 times across a storied 17-year career spanning continents and leagues, including 15 appearances for his beloved Fiji national side.
Born in Sutherland, New South Wales, Sims’ journey began in earnest when he was selected to play for the Australian Schoolboys Team in 2002 at the age of 17. From there, he found his way onto the list of NRL heavyweights St George Illawarra and made his League debut in round nine of the 2003 season, facing off against Penrith Panthers.
One of the youngest debutants in the illustrious Club’s history, Sims played 81 matches for St George before signing with the Brisbane Broncos in 2008. His 56 games for the Queensland side yielded solid results, including multiple playoff pushes, but eventually he would move down the road to the North Queensland Cowboys to join his younger brother, Tariq.
Sims had a career year in 2012 with the Cowboys, averaging over 100 meters and sticking 22 tackles a game while also leading the NRL for offloads by a prop. He would spend four years with the Club, totaling an impressive 91 games before he made the leap across hemispheres to join Warrington Wolves in the UK Super League in 2015.
During his time with the Cowboys, Sims took his place in the Fiji National side for the 2013 World Cup where he featured in all five of the country’s fixtures. He also captained the side in 2014 during the Pacific Rugby League International.
Spending three years with the Wolves, Sims wore the jersey on 90 occasions, during which time he was part of the side that claimed the League Leaders Shield and runner’s up medals for the Challenge Cup and Super League Grand Final.
It was then that the Toronto Wolfpack came calling, signing the towering forward for their 2018 push for promotion to the Super League. While they were not successful that year, Sims did raise the League Leader’s Shield and was a constant source of inspiration to the players around him, born of the respect he commands on and off the field.
One of the most popular players ever to pull on a Wolfpack jersey, Sims is widely known for the welcoming nature and friendly banter that defies his size and strength on-field. A fan-favorite because of the time he has for everyone in the stands, a sponsor and media favorite that represented the Wolfpack on mainstream television and radio and a locker-room favorite for his commitment to the cause and willingness to help in every situation, Ashton Sims’ place in Rugby League history is assured.
Sims will remain with the Wolfpack for the remainder of the season in their push towards Super League promotion and will undoubtably play a huge role in determining the outcome. Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see Sims on his home deck of Lamport Stadium thanks to several consecutive fixtures scheduled for the venue in the coming weeks, including playoffs.
The Toronto Wolfpack would like to thank Ashton for all he has given the Club over his two year tenure and wish him luck with all his further endeavors while also congratulating him on a sensational career that was always played the right way. There will always be a place at the Toronto Wolfpack for Ashton Sims.