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Blues back rower heads for England

Guinness PRO12 Editor

13 Jul 2010

Former Cardiff Blues back rower Andy Powell has joined London Wasps.

Powell was released by the Blues yesterday following five years in the Welsh capital.

The 28-year-old made 35 appearances in the Magners League, including nine last season, but will now try his hand in the Guinness Premiership.

Ironically, Powell has decided to join a team who were beaten by the Blues in the semi-finals of last season’s Amlin Challenge Cup – a tournament Dai Young’s men went on to win thanks to an historic victory over Toulon in Marseilles.

Powell had been linked with a big-money move to France with Agen and a cross-code switch to the Crusaders but he has instead decided to swap Wales for England as he attempts to keep his international prospects alive.

“My decision was a pure rugby decision,” said Powell, who has signed an initial one-year contract with the Adams Park club.

“After all the talk and speculation about where I will be playing, all I want to do now is get my head down, improve as a player and hopefully, if selected, play in the World Cup next year for my country.

“To do that I need to be playing well for my club and I think with the coaching team and setup here at Wasps, I will have the perfect opportunity to do that.

“I know Shaun Edwards well of course from my time with the Welsh team, and I took little persuading once I met with Tony Hanks and Trevor Woodman about how serious this team is about success and winning.”