Australia Will Have An ‘Irishman’ In Their Squad For This Weekend’s Series Decider

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

Series decider.

This weekend’s third and final Test will be extra special for Wallabies scrumhalf Joe Powell because of his family ties with Ireland.

Powell is set to be named on the bench for Saturday’s clash in Sydney, after Will Genia broke his arm during the defeat in Melbourne. Powell has Irish citizenship through his grandparents, and looks set to earn his 4th Test cap this weekend.

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The 24-year-old says playing against the Irish will be ‘special.’

“For me to play against the Irish is special because my grandparents were Irish so I’ve got my Irish citizenship as well,” Powell told rugby.com.au.

“We have relatives over there, I’ve met them, got a couple of cousins in Ireland.

“If I do get the opportunity to play, it will be the biggest game I’ve played in, a big decider, so it’s exciting.”

Powell also says he has learned an awful lot from Will Genia, and says he also love to watch Conor Murray play.

“Will’s been really good for me and my game, he’s someone that’s obviously very knowledgeable and just probably the way he communicates to the group is something that probably I’ve picked up the most from him,” Powell said.

“I love watching Conor Murray play – he’s obviously a great halfback and his service and his control of the game is something I could probably learn from as well.”