Scrumhalf Joe Powell was running around at Canberra Stadium well before he first donned a Brumbies jersey.
The Canberra-born and bred back was sitting on his dad’s lap in the stands at Canberra Stadium, wreaking havoc around the ground.
Four long-time Brumbies fans, who were at the meet and greet on Thursday, along with plenty of other keen supporters ahead of the knockout match, have seen Powell grow from fan to Brumbies player.
Jody Kisbee, Cheryl Bush, Robyn Gurney and Shayne Burger were all ‘victims’ of Powell’s younger days, and have since become some of his biggest fans.
“Good that Poey’s back but we’re big Joey Powell used to sit next to us in our bay so we’re part of f his fan club” Kisbee said.
"He used to sit on his dad’s lap and kick me in the leg, so it’s good to something good’s come of that, those kicking legs."
“It’s good to see so many of them come up and play for juniors, the Vikings, Royals and play for the Brumbies.”
Powell was one of the Wallabies bolters this season and the quartet are confident he can make the leap to become a Test scrumhalf, Kisbee said.
“He’s a great guy so it’d be really great to see him in that yellow jersey.”
More than 10,000 fans had bought tickets for the quarter-final on Thursday, with the first 2000 through the gates to receive a free pie, a handy winter warmer on what is expected to be a rainy night.
ACT chief minister Andrew Barr and local Canberra businesses have gotten behind the Brumbies’ cause, with Barr channelling Bob Hawke and challenging any boss who stops their workers heading off early for the 6pm kick-off.
— Andrew Barr (@ABarrMLA) July 17, 2016