The 27-year-old scrum half was asked to join the team’s squad for the prestigious Brisbane 10s tournament after Argentina international Tomas Cubelli suffered a serious knee injury. The talented former Australian schoolboy representative jumped at the opportunity.
“I was heading to work the week before the 10s and got the call,” Hamlin says.
“They called me into full-time training to try to learn the plays and get a bit of conditioning in before the tournament.
“It was a bit of a shock to the body and a complete change of environment, it was pretty full-on, but it was a good experience.”
Hamlin plays with local club side Canberra Royals, and while he played two of the Brumbies’ three games at the Queensland event, a painful bulging disc has stymied his attempts to land a permanent spot in the squad.
“There’s always a chance they’ll give me another crack, but at this point we’ve agreed mutually that it’s in both our best interests just for me to get my back 100 per cent before I try and think of anything else.”
For now, Hamlin’s enjoying his time at Wanniassa High School where he works mainly in woodwork and metalwork classes, and particularly with kids with a learning disability.
“I enjoy it,” he says. “They are usually the ones who give you their undivided attention because they want to learn.” While a teaching career isn’t off the table, the journeyman still harbours for a crack at the big time.
“I’m still hopeful of possibly heading overseas again to finish out my last few years at the top level, if it doesn’t work out...”