Welsh bad boy switches to League

Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:06
Large andypowellbath Large andypowellsale

Controversial Wales loose forward Andy Powell has signed for Rugby League powerhouses Wigan Warriors.

Controversial Wales loose forward Andy Powell has signed for Rugby League powerhouses Wigan Warriors.

The Sale Sharks flank has penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the Warriors and will join when the English Premiership season finishes in May.

The 31-year-old had previously been courted by the now disbanded Wales-based former Super League outfit Crusaders.

Powell has won 23 caps for Wales and was part of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured South Africa in 2009.

He follows in the footsteps of other Welsh union converts to league Scott Quinell, who moved from Llanelli to Wigan for two seasons before coming back to Richmond, and Gareth Thomas, who ended his career with a stint at the Crusaders.

Powell has played for Leicester, Wasps, Scarlets and Cardiff Blues during a union career which began with Newport.

He has often courted controversy during his career and in 2010 was arrested for driving a golf buggy on the M4 motorway.

In October last year Sale fined him £5,000 (5,800 euros, $7,600) for using abusive language and making offensive hand gestures towards spectators.


There are currently no matches being played
Tue, 06 October 2015
Canada v Romania 15h45 Leicester
Fiji v Uruguay 19h00 Milton Keynes
Wed, 07 October 2015
South Africa v United States 15h45 London
Namibia v Georgia 19h00 Exeter
Fri, 09 October 2015
Pumas v Blue Bulls 16h00 Mbombela Stadium
Western Province v EP Kings 16h00 Newlands
New Zealand v Tonga 19h00 Newcastle
Sat, 10 October 2015
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 12h00 Bloemfontein
Samoa v Scotland 13h30 Newcastle
Golden Lions v Griquas 14h00 Ellis Park
Australia v Wales 15h45 London
England v Uruguay 19h00 Manchester
Sun, 11 October 2015
Argentina v Namibia 11h00 Leicester
Italy v Romania 13h30 Exeter
France v Ireland 15h45 Cardiff
United States v Japan 19h00 Gloucester
Team P W D L Pts
Northampton Saints 22 16 1 5 76
Bath 22 16 0 6 75
Leicester Tigers 22 15 1 6 68
Saracens 22 14 1 7 68
Exeter Chiefs 22 14 0 8 68
Wasps 22 11 2 9 61
Sale Sharks 22 11 0 11 54
Harlequins 22 10 0 12 49
Gloucester 22 9 1 12 48
London Irish 22 7 1 14 40
Newcastle Falcons 22 5 1 16 34
London Welsh 22 0 0 22 1