Joe Powell
Debut 2017 v Fiji, Melbourne
Caps 3

Biography

The Brumbies’ Joe Powell was arguably the biggest bolter in a decade when selected as part of the extended Australian squad for the 2016 Test series against England.  Born and bred in Canberra, Powell was educated at The Marist College whose Wallaby alumni include Rugby World Cup winners Rob Egerton and Joe Roff. After he graduated, Powell took a gap year to travel the world before returning to Canberra and simultaneously starting three diverse careers - rugby player, carpenter’s apprentice and commerce student. A strong 2015 NRC campaign with the Canberra Vikings earned Powell a full-time contract with the Brumbies. in 2016, he was a shock inclusion in the Wallabies squad after playing just an hour of Super Rugby, but didn't make his Test debut until 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS

2012

Chosen in an extended squad for Australian Schools.

2014

Selected in the Australian U20s squad to the seventh-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in New Zealand.

2017

Powell won his first Test cap when he came off the bench to replace Will Genia in the 37-14 victory over Fiji in Melbourne. Left on the bench against Scotland he picked up two more replacement caps from the 40-27 win against Italy in Brisbane, and the 63-30 triumph over Japan in Yokohama.

2018

Nick Phipps was preferred as Will Genia’s back-up for much of the season although Powell did pick a single cap when he replaced Genia in the 20-16 loss to Ireland in Sydney.