Andy Powell - sportsman and after dinner speaker
“The most unique player of his generation” The Western Mail
“One of the game’s most colourful characters” The Daily Mail
“Wales’ wild child” The Daily Telegraph
“Wistful, warm, impulsive, barmy” The Independent
“The greatest rugby character of the lot” Tom Shanklin, Wales teammate
“Crazy Horse” Beziers first-team coach
Every sport has their characters, whose stories of hijinks and pranks are legend. Football had Gazza, cricket had Freddie Flintoff. Rugby had Andy Powell. One of the finest natural athletes to play the game, he won 23 caps for Wales and considered good enough to play for the British Lions and the Barbarians. But even if he hadn’t been good enough, he’d probably have been called up anyway as he is the sort of character you need on a long foreign tour, guaranteed to keep morale high with his stupidity, prat-falls and quick humour. Everyone wanted to be around Powelly.
Like Flintoff’s “pedalo” moment, Powell is at the centre of the story that has gone down in rugby folklore. After a big win over Scotland in 2010 the players celebrated at the plush Vale Resort into the early hours. Andy, though, had the munchies and with breakfast not due for another 3 hours decided to take matters into his own hands, borrowing a golf buggy and taking it to the nearest service station. Unfortunately, this was two junctions along the motorway. Sure enough, at 5am, Andy was arrested for driving a golf buggy at 14 miles per hour down the hard shoulder of the M4: his legendary status sealed.
His services on the field were in high demand, his career taking in stints at Cardiff Blues, Wasps, Beziers, Sale and Newport Gwent Dragons. He briefly switched codes, signing for Wigan Warriors for the 2013-14 Rugby League season. Perhaps his career highlight was playing for the British & Irish Lions on their 2009 tour of South Africa. He also played for Wales at the 2011 World Cup.
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