- 26 Age
- 83kg Weight
- 177cm Height
The Brumbies’ Joe Powell was arguably the biggest bolter in a decade when selected as part of the extended Australian squad for the 2016 home Test series against England. So obscure was his selection that the Wallabies' official Twitter account mistakenly referred to him as ‘Joel’ Powell in a congratulatory tweet. "Originally I thought it was a joke ... and I told one of the boys and asked them to have a look at it because I thought it was a bit of a joke," Powell said of the email which notified him that he was in the training squad. To that point of his career Powell had played less than an hour of Super Rugby.
Born and bred in the nation’s capital, 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 he returned to Canberra and simultaneously started three diverse careers - rugby player, carpenter’s apprentice and as a student studying commerce.
A strong 2015 National Rugby Championship with the Canberra Vikings earned Powell a full-time contract with the Brumbies. His brief time with the Wallaby squad in 2016 was career-changing for the young halfback and his Brumby teammates noticed the extra confidence the experience had given him. In 2017 Powell proved his call-up the previous season was no fluke when he claimed his first Test cap, against Fiji in Melbourne.
A starring role behind the near unstoppable Brumbies eight during their conference-winning 2019 Super Rugby campaign earned Powell selection in the Wallabies squad for The Rugby Championship. This season Powell played a crucial role as the Brumbies won their first Super Rugby title since 2004.
Chosen in an extended squad for Australian Schools.
Selected in the Australian U20s squad to the seventh-annual IRB Junior World Championship tournament in New Zealand.
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.
Nick Phipps was preferred as starting half Will Genia’s back-up for much of the season although Powell did pick a single cap when he replaced Genia in the 3rd Test, 16-20 loss to Ireland in Sydney.