Blues and Wales Number 8 Andy Powell Joins London Wasps

London Wasps have confirmed that Welsh international Andy Powell has signed with the club ahead of the 2010/11 season.

Powell completes Wasps’ recruitment ahead of the new season, signing an initial one-year contract, and the powerful back-row forward brings with him a wealth of experience after five years with Cardiff Blues as well as previous stints with Beziers, Leicester and Newport.

The highly rated Powell (Who wears Adidas Adi Pure Boots) is renowned for his uncompromising style of play – with his direct running and pure physicality.

Having represented Wales at U21 and A team level, he burst into the Wales senior side in 2008 against South Africa winning a man of the match award on his debut.

Since then he has been a mainstay in the Welsh team, winning 14 caps. His selection for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 was reward for his fine form that season.

“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,” said Wasps Director of Rugby, Tony Hanks

“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.”

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.”