Andy Powell comes to Wasps from Cardiff Blues, where he spent five years, after spells with Newport, Leicester, Beziers and Llanelli Scarlets. He had to overcome serious shoulder injuries early in his career.
After Under 21 and Wales A honours, he won his first full cap against South Africa in 2008, picking up the Man of the Match award. He has now made 14 appearances for his country and toured with the British & Irish Lions in 2009.
A wholehearted player and a powerful ball carrier, Powell is one of the game's real characters.
On joining Wasps, Powell said, 'I am extremely excited to be joining London Wasps. My decision was a pure rugby decision. 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 set-up 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. 'Wasps have pulled together a great squad, with some great coaches and I think this is an environment in which I will thrive as a player and I hope to do my part to help bring success and trophies to Wasps.'
Director of Rugby Tony Hanks had this to say, about his new signing: 'We are delighted to announce that Andy Powell, a hugely talented and highly regarded international back-row forward, joins Wasps ahead of the new season. Andy makes his move from Cardiff based on his desire to drive both his club and international career and whilst his rugby ability is obvious, the Wasps coaching team have all warmed to Andy immediately and are impressed by his drive and enthusiasm to relocate to London and join Wasps. 'Andy is the first high profile Welsh signing at the club since Rob Howley and we are confident he will benefit from the environment and 'Wasps way' in a similar fashion and become a favourite with the Wasps faithful. He will be a welcome addition to the squad and is held in high regard by people in the game that we at Wasps trust and respect ' none more so than Wasps' Lions players who played alongside him and forged friendships with him in South Africa in 2009.
'This is a good fit for both Andy and Wasps ' we want to give him the platform, on the back of good club performances, to play at the highest level possible and Andy is committed to developing his game and ensuring success for Wasps in 2010/11.'
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