After 120 NRL matches and a handful of International appearances, Korbin Sims has played in some big matches during his career. But his debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons on Thursday night will be one to remember.
Not only will the 27-year-old Gerringong native be making his Dragons debut against his former team, the Brisbane Broncos. It will also be the first time in over two years he graces the field alongside brother, Tariq Sims.
As-well-as playing five games together for the Fiji Bati in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, the intimidating brotherly duo both represented the Newcastle Knights, with their last joint-outing coming in round 12 2016 before Tariq made a mid-season switch to the Dragons.
While on opposite sides of the park, the tightly knit brothers fought out some entertaining battles but Korbin is looking forward to once again wearing the same jersey as his older brother.
“I’m looking forward to getting back out there with him this year instead of against him,” Korbin said.
“We played together in Newcastle a number of years ago and I really enjoyed my time there before we obviously both went our separate ways.
“But we’re finally back in the Red V together and I’m really looking forward to it.”
After sitting out the opening two rounds while completing a suspension carried over from last year, Korbin’s first game for the Dragons is against his old team, the Brisbane Broncos.
Sims played 44 matches and scored nine tries for the Queensland based side but doesn’t feel any added pressure lining up against his former teammates.
“I haven’t really spoken to anyone up there just yet,” he said.
“It is going to be a tough game regardless of if it's my old team or not.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back out onto the paddock and getting into my game routine for the week.”
With his suspension finally over and his seventh NRL pre-season under his belt, Sims is looking forward to getting his season underway.
“I get pretty antsy on the sidelines,” he said.
“Especially when I’m watching on TV I watch it fairly closely.
“But we're hoping to turn it around this weekend.”