Powell set for Championship outing


26th July 2013

Wigan Warriors have confirmed that former Wales and British and Irish Lions forward Andy Powell will play for South Wales Scorpions in Sunday's Championship One match against Gateshead in Neath.

Powell, 31, switched codes in April when he joined Wigan from Sale and made his Super League debut off the bench in their home defeat by Castleford Tigers a month ago.

He has not been included in the Warriors' squad for tomorrow's Challenge Cup semi-final against London Broncos and will instead continue his league apprenticeship on a dual registration with their partnership club.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane said: "This is a good opportunity for Andy to get some game time under his belt and I am sure there will be plenty of interest in him playing on Sunday for the Scorpions.

"We have been delighted with how he has settled in here at Wigan and how he has quickly adapted to the game and he will benefit greatly from playing in another competitive rugby league fixture."

A number eight in his union days, Powell also played for Leicester, Scarlets, Cardiff and Wasps.

Powell said: "I am really looking forward to playing for South Wales Scorpions this weekend and getting another 80 minutes of rugby league.

"It was always the plan when I joined Wigan to head out on dual registration and to be playing in Wales for the Scorpions is another important step for me in my development."

Scorpions coach Dave Clark said: "Andy has really taken to rugby league well. We're delighted he's coming back down to South Wales to play for us and hopefully he'll help to lead us to a much needed three points."