Shamed Powell eyeing Wales return

WALES flanker Andy Powell has vowed to win back his place after being dropped from the Six Nations squad for drink-driving a golf buggy.

The Cardiff Blues star’s international future is in doubt following his arrest early at a motorway service station on Sunday, hours after beating Scotland. Head coach Warren Gatland ditched Powell on Monday with the Welsh Rugby Union chiefs stressing they took “a dim view” of the incident.

But Powell said yesterday in a statement released through his agent: “Andy Powell has accepted the disciplinary decision handed down by the WRU and confirmed his public apology for the incident which occurred last Sunday morning. Andy remains a committed professional and will now work towards re-establishing himself in the Welsh squad at a time when the WRU team management think fit.”

Gatland has decided against calling up a replacement for Powell, whose place has come under threat this season. The British and Irish Lions player was switched from No8 to No6 but faced competition from Jonathan Thomas for that role.