Melbourne Rebels’ recruit, Joe Powell, has hit the ground running during his first week of preseason training with the Rebels in Melbourne.
After completing his Wallabies commitments last month, Powell wasted no time in getting to know his new teammates, joining the training squad for the club’s final two-week training block for 2020.
The dashing scrum-half says he’s enjoyed his first two days at the Rebels and is already loving life in the sporting capital of Australia.
“It’s nice to be down here a few weeks before Christmas and getting to know the boys and figuring out how it works down here,” said Powell.
“It’s a pretty young group, so I’m starting to feel my age a little bit - I used to be the young fella in the team and now I’ve moved on a little bit.
“It’s a nice small setup up where everyone can get to know everyone, so there’s plenty of energy and everyone’s been welcoming, and the staff have been really good as well.
“It’s gotten off to a really good start.”
The Rebels’ star offseason recruit experienced an unforgettable four months of personal and collective glory.
The former Brumbies’ vice-captain played a crucial role in leading his side to Super Rugby AU glory in September, before having his stellar 2020 campaign recognised by being named in the Super Rugby AU Team of the Season.
Following his impressive form, Powell would later win selection in the Wallabies 44-man Test squad for this year’s Bledisloe and Tri-Nations Cups.
Looking ahead to his new challenge, Powell says he’s excited for his new opportunity to evolve in new surroundings and that he plans on doing everything in his power to lead the Melbourne Rebels to a maiden Super Rugby AU title in 2021.
“Coming to Melbourne was a great opportunity for me, having grown up and spent my whole life in Canberra.”
“I saw this as a good opportunity to grow outside of that and Melbourne’s a pretty good city to do that in.
“I think the Melbourne Rebels are a really good set up with a really good coaching staff and a really good group of young boys to do that with.
After travelling with the national side for almost two-months, Powell used the experience to strengthen his relationships with several of his new Rebels teammates, in a bid to make sure he would be firing from all cylinders come the start of preseason.
“The Wallabies camp was good to meet a few of those boys I hadn’t met before and also catch up with guys like Hodgey and Dane, and Pup – guys that I’ve known for a while now, so it was good to catch up with them and be prepared for when I came down here.
“It was good to meet Trevor and Pone, who I hadn’t had anything to do with before, so that was good.”
While grateful for his seven years in Canberra, Powell is excited to kick off a new chapter in ‘Burn City, believing he can add a lot of value to an emerging Rebels side, fresh off a maiden finals campaign.
“I’ll be looking to bring a bit of experience, a winning mentality, and plenty of energy - it’ll be great and hopefully we can do some good things down here.”