The Plus500 Brumbies have welcomed fan favourite Will Miller back into their ranks as the club sent an SOS to their recently retired flanker ahead of the side's table-topping clash with the Queensland Reds.
“The Milkman” as Miller is affectionately known, has emerged from retirement on his farm in Berry to provide depth and experience to the team as they look finish the season strong and claim back-to-back Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU titles.
Injuries to a number of Brumbies forwards had the side in a tough spot and when Jahrome Brown hurt his shoulder in the clash against the Force, prompting Brumbies coach Dan McKellar to reach out to Miller.
“Dan sent me a message because Jahrome got injured. I had a chat to him around that and what I could do. I’m happy to help the team and do what I can," Miller told reporters today.
When asked about if he had to think about strapping the boots back on for the Brumbies, Miller said he was ready to get back into it.
“I was pretty keen to get back involved. I miss how competitive it is, training and playing, so it's gonna be fun to get back into that, and has been for the past few days," Miller said.
Miller is staying with former Shute Shield teammate Irae Simone, who was very positive about the impact Miller had already had on the side since his return.
“I think there was a lot of emotions going around when he walked in the room. It lifted a lot of spirits for a lot of players," said Simone.
“He’s someone with good spirit and such a team player, I think it’s awesome to have him back.”
Miller was set to line-up alongside his brother George in the Illawarra competition for their boyhood club Shoalhaven and managed to play one game before he answered the Brumbies call.
Words: Mathew Williams