Jesse Mogg's Cinderella story is inspiring a new generation of ACT rugby union hopefuls such as Gungahlin Eagles winger Andrew Barrell.
ACT Brumbies coach Jake White plucked Mogg out of the local rugby competition and the winger rocketed into his first Wallabies squad in his first Super Rugby season last year.
Now Barrell has the chance to impress White when he runs out for the ACT XV against the Brumbies in their final pre-season game at Viking Park on Friday night.
Barrell took time out from his carpentry business to spend four weeks training with the Brumbies during the pre-season and would love nothing more than to catch White's eye on Friday.
But the former ACT schoolboys representative will have to put in a full shift first, working as a chippy from 6am - although he will skip the tradesman's traditional knock-off drinks. ''When I got asked to do the pre-season so many people said that's exactly how Moggy got his start and look at him, he's off doing pre-season with the Wallabies and doing Wallaby camps,'' Barrell said.
''He's an awesome footballer and if I could get anywhere near his level I'd be very happy.''
The 25-year-old knows just how big a test it will be. He could find himself up against some past and future Wallabies when he takes the field - Clyde Rathbone, Joe Tomane or Henry Speight will all be fine-tuning their games before the season proper.
But it's a challenge Barrell is relishing after playing an ''unofficial'' practice match against the Brumbies two weeks ago. On that occasion he faced Rathbone.
''When Clyde came on I was pretty nervous and I actually yelled out to get the boys fired up, 'Wallaby on the field, let's step it up','' Barrell said. ''It fires you up because you think if you can take them down then you can take anyone down. It is daunting but that's why you do it, to challenge ourselves.''
Entry to the game is free and ACT XV coach Craig Robberds is promising an open, attacking game, so lovers of a kicking duel might find themselves disappointed.
Robberds says possession could be a limited for his team and is loath to throw it away.
''We'll be throwing the ball around every chance we've got,'' he said.
''I don't think we'll have much of it, so we won't be kicking that away.''