A breakout first season with the Brumbies thrust Jarrad Butler into the spotlight as one of the leading loose forwards in Australian rugby. Cleaning up at the Brumbies awards night in 2014, Butler not only took home the Shawn Mackay Award for Most Outstanding Young Talent but also the Brett Robinson Players Player, voted as the best Brumby. A former Red who rose through the ranks from Queensland Schoolboys to Suncorp Stadium, Butler joined the Brumbies at the tail end of 2013 looking for more game time and increased opportunities. He didn’t have to wait long, with the first round game against his former side the Reds, providing Butler with a perfect opportunity to kick-start his career in Canberra. Butler’s leadership qualities have also been well recognised. He captained the UC Vikings in the inaugural NRC in 2014, featuring in the back-row all season leading the side to NRC Grand Final. After a solid 2015 season, Butler was recognised by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika who selected him to play for the Barbarians in England.