Melbourne Rebels have confirmed the signing of Australia international Joe Powell from rivals Brumbies ahead of the 2021 season.
Powell started his career with provincial side Canberra Vikings 2014 and went on to make his Super Rugby debut with Brumbies a year later and has played over 60 games for them.
He was also named in the Super Rugby AU team of the season following his stellar performance for Brumbies this season that helped him find a spot in the Australian squad for the upcoming Test season.
“I’m super excited for the opportunity to join a new club and move to a whole new city,” said Powell to the club's official website.
“I’ll never forget debuting for the Wallabies at AAMI Park - I’ve got plenty of fond memories there and also some not so good memories against the Rebels where we got touched up a few times, so it’ll be nice to be with the home team now.
“I think the Rebels had a really good season this year, so I’m excited to do my bit and help them improve even more next season.
“I’ve known a few of the fellas like Hodgey (Reece Hodge), Pup (Matt To’omua) and Dane (Haylett-Petty) from my time throughout Wallabies squads, so from what I’ve heard it’s a really good group down there.
“I’m really excited to be part of that group now going forward.”
Powell went on to make his Test debut in 2017 and has gone on to play four Tests with his last international appearance coming in June 2018.
“We’ve obviously played against Joe many times over the years and know just what a competitor he is. Aside from the skill and intensity he brings on the field, it’s obvious that he’s a good team man. He’s a great fit for Melbourne," said Melbourne head coach Dave Wessels.