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Ruan Sims (born 1982) is a female rugby league footballer. She played rugby union for Australia and was a member of the squad at the 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup that finished in third place. She played rugby league for Australia at the 2013 & 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup and was part of the squad that won the tournament.

Ruan Sims
Date of birth (1982-02-04) February 4, 1982 (age 37)
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb)
Rugby league career
Position(s) Prop, Lock, Second-row
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008-2017 Australia - -
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Cronulla-Caringbah Sharks ()
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999-2010 Australia - -
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
- Australia -

She is the older sister of Fijian rugby league internationals Ashton, Korbin and Tariq Sims.[1] She was brought up in a sporting household in Gerringong where Ruan held the gumboot throwing record in 2013.[1] Sims inherits her interest in Rugby from her mother, Jackie Sims. She works for the New South Wales Fire and Rescue service.[2] She was part of the Australian Jillaroos squad at the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines.[3][4][5]

Sims was the first woman to receive a player contract in the NRL, signed with the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[6]

Since March 2017, Sims works with the ABC Radio Grandstand NRL commentary team, providing commentary both in-box and on the sideline.[7] She is also a regular panellist on Nine Network's 100% Footy[8].

In April 2018, Sims stepped down as a Dally M Awards judge after casting votes for the Round 7 NRL game between Parrammatta and Manly at ANZ Stadium where she was not in attendance due to other commitments. Judges are required to attend their assigned games.[9]

In June 2018, Sims was announced as one of fifteen marquee signings by the Sydney Roosters women's team which participated in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership in September 2018.[10]


  1. ^ a b Brad Walter (The Sydney Morning Herald) (17 May 2013). "Sims sister Ruan leading way as female participation swells". Retrieved 16 July 2014.
  2. ^ Sims to play for Australia Sims to Play for Australia,, retrieved 16 July 2014
  3. ^ Cooke, Richard (22 April 2016). "All fired up: Ruan Sims, 34, rugby union/league player".
  4. ^ "Jillaroos receive double boost". 21 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Family ties keeps Sims close".
  6. ^ "Sims signs historic contract". Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Australian Rugby League captain Ruan Sims makes her ABC Grandstand debut this Saturday". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  8. ^ "100% Footy". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Sims apologises for Dally M judging error". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Roosters announce NRLW marquee signings". Sydney Roosters. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 17 June 2018.

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