Injury forces former Wales number eight Andy Powell to retire

  • Andy Powell has retired from professional rugby because of a knee injury
  • The 35-year-old played for Newport, Leicester, Scarlets and Wasps among other
  • Powell made his Wales debut in 2008 and won the last of his 23 caps in 2012
Former Wales and British & Irish Lions No.8 Andy Powell is hanging up his boots following a knee injury, his club has announced.

He earned notoriety in 2010 when he was charged with drink driving after allegedly taking and driving a golf buggy on the M4 motorway.



Powell joined Merthyr in the Welsh Championship in 2015 and helped them win promotion to the Premiership.

“Andy’s found it hard to get over his current knee injury and will not be forgotten. He was a big part of our success last season as captain,” said Merthyr chairman Peter Morgan.

“Andy had plenty of time for everyone he will be sadly missed on the field and off, but will always be welcome to our club.”

It was the latest destination for the much-travelled No.8 who has had spells with, Beziers, Leicester, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Wasps and Sale Sharks.


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