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Powell signs two year Brumbies Super Rugby deal

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Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell has signed a new two-year Super Rugby contract to stay with the club he has been a member of since he was four years old.

Powell, a former Marist College student in Canberra, will move from an Extended Playing Squad contract to a full-time contract as he continues his climb through the ranks of Australian Rugby.

Powell was elevated into the Brumbies Super Rugby squad last year after an injury to Nic White. He made his debut against the Melbourne Rebels at GIO Stadium (18 April, 2015) just a week after his 21st birthday and went on to appear in three matches for the side he has supported his whole life.

Powell was a member of the Australian Schoolboys shadow squad in 2012 after turning in some big performances for the ACT Schools side at the national championships in Sydney.

After finishing school he linked with Tuggeranong Vikings in the John I Dent Cup where he made his first grade debut in 2013. Powell took over the halfback spot full-time in 2014 and in the same year was a member of the Australian U20’s side which contested the Junior World Cup in New Zealand, impressing many onlookers with his performances at the tournament.

He capped off a big year by winning the local competition with the Tuggeranong Vikings (2014) and being selected as one of the youngest players in the inaugural UC Vikings Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC) squad.

In 2015 Powell was a standout for UC Vikings in the Buildcorp NRC and was rewarded with the side’s Best Back award.

Powell had been working as an apprentice carpenter before putting down the tools to focus on his rugby career with the Brumbies. He says he’s very excited to be staying with the Brumbies.

“It’s always been a goal of mine to play Super Rugby,” Powell said.

“I had a taste of it last year and training with the squad every day makes you hungry for more.

“At the moment I’m learning as much as I can from the other guys in the squad which is really helping me improve.”

Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham says Powell has shown great potential since linking with the Super Rugby program.

“Joey is a great young talent that has risen through the ranks of ACT rugby,” Larkham said.

“His rise to a Super Rugby contract is a great reflection of our Pathways Program which supports young players.

“He is continually developing his game and we are very happy that he is staying with us for the next two years.”

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