Dragons sign former Wales and Lions powerhouse Andy Powell

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NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are bringing Andy Powell back to Rodney Parade after signing the former Wales and Lions back row forward on a one-year deal.

The 32-year-old from Brecon will make his return to union next season after changing codes last year to play for Super League and Challenge Cup winners Wigan.

Powell, 6ft 4ins and 18st, cut his teeth with Newport and made 50 appearances for the Black and Ambers under the tutelage of Ian McIntosh between 2000 and 2003.

He went on to play for Leicester, Beziers, the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, London Wasps and Sale Sharks with his dynamic ball carrying earning 23 caps for Wales – four of which came at the 2011 World Cup – and selection for the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa in 2009.

Powell has not played since taking on Huddersfield with Wigan last September and neck surgery denied him the chance to represent Wales at the Rugby League World Cup.

He passed a medical on Monday and was put through his paces along with his new teammates at pre-season training at the Dragons' base in Ystrad Mynach yesterday.

And now Powell, who will be 33 when the campaign gets under way, is looking to show he still has plenty to offer.

"I am extremely delighted to be back in Wales and in Newport," he said. "I have very fond memories of playing for Newport RFC and can remember the great support we had from fans.

"I was very impressed through last season with (head coach) Kingsley Jones and (director of rugby) Lyn Jones' ambitions for the region. I am very excited about the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to challenging the other Welsh regions for silverware."

Powell can play blindside flanker but has been signed predominantly as a number eight and provides the Dragons with a strong ball-carrying option.

He will battle for starts with Wales ace Taulupe Faletau, whose arrival on the Test scene led to the end of Powell's Wales career, and Fijian back row forward Netani Talei.

Powell is another experienced campaigner that will be available to the Dragons throughout the season following the summer signings of full-back Lee Byrne, wing Aled Brew, locks Ligtoring Landman and Ian Gough and props Boris Stankovich and Dave Young.

The region have also signed 24-year-old hooker Rhys Buckley and 22-year-old tighthead Lloyd Fairbrother.

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8:19am Wed 11 Jun 14

Risca1 says...

He be back on the M4 with his golf buggy now.
He be back on the M4 with his golf buggy now. Risca1
  • Score: 8

4:31pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Caerleonboy says...

Hopefully he'll be better than the last Andy the Dragons signed
Hopefully he'll be better than the last Andy the Dragons signed Caerleonboy
  • Score: 3

5:29pm Wed 11 Jun 14

ollie72 says...

Just as long as they don't mess Toby around - Powell can play at 6, and at 8 when Faletau is away with Wales!

Hope he's willing to work now, I always found him a bit of a show pony - he did no work at the break down, and left Ryan Jones to clean up for him constantly. He was the reason people started to think Ryan Jones was past it.

He's no use to us unless he's picked up a bit of dog from his time in league...
Just as long as they don't mess Toby around - Powell can play at 6, and at 8 when Faletau is away with Wales! Hope he's willing to work now, I always found him a bit of a show pony - he did no work at the break down, and left Ryan Jones to clean up for him constantly. He was the reason people started to think Ryan Jones was past it. He's no use to us unless he's picked up a bit of dog from his time in league... ollie72
  • Score: 13

6:09pm Wed 11 Jun 14

corpardguy says...

He is the nasty B, intimidator and front up merchant we needed , (all teams do) to put some go forward in the pack when we are being "rolled".
Good signing for this stage of the NGD development. Toby needs some cover with all the test rugby he is going to be playing and Talei can't do it all. Although I think Andrew should do more work at 6.
Top marks to the Jones boys again.
The Cardiff derby will be worth watching, not sure there will be much rugby, but could be a defining moment next season!
He is the nasty B, intimidator and front up merchant we needed , (all teams do) to put some go forward in the pack when we are being "rolled". Good signing for this stage of the NGD development. Toby needs some cover with all the test rugby he is going to be playing and Talei can't do it all. Although I think Andrew should do more work at 6. Top marks to the Jones boys again. The Cardiff derby will be worth watching, not sure there will be much rugby, but could be a defining moment next season! corpardguy
  • Score: 14

6:57pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Dragonsfan81 says...

I think this is a good signing, andy will be a big ball carrier and a powerhouse at 8 when toby is away with wales! I think he will make a good impact as the season goes on and his experience will come in good use as well! Class signing.
I think this is a good signing, andy will be a big ball carrier and a powerhouse at 8 when toby is away with wales! I think he will make a good impact as the season goes on and his experience will come in good use as well! Class signing. Dragonsfan81
  • Score: 9

7:28pm Wed 11 Jun 14

East Newport Dave says...

I agree with the comments. As long as his aggression can be properly channeled, he will be an asset. The forward set up looks to be infinitely more physical than the season before last. They just need to get the players to play together and be 'up for it'.
I agree with the comments. As long as his aggression can be properly channeled, he will be an asset. The forward set up looks to be infinitely more physical than the season before last. They just need to get the players to play together and be 'up for it'. East Newport Dave
  • Score: 11

8:09pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Keith Barnett says...

Hope that they are not paying him too much, don't think anyone else would have wanted him
Can he play prop?
Hope that they are not paying him too much, don't think anyone else would have wanted him Can he play prop? Keith Barnett
  • Score: 7

8:56pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Risca1 says...

He has been a journeyman for the last 4 years. Only the Dragons would take him! Will stand on the wing and pump out his chest. Not the grafter that the region badly needs.
He has been a journeyman for the last 4 years. Only the Dragons would take him! Will stand on the wing and pump out his chest. Not the grafter that the region badly needs. Risca1
  • Score: 3

6:39am Thu 12 Jun 14

jimmysmith says...

Bad move this and a waste of money .
Bad move this and a waste of money . jimmysmith
  • Score: -7

7:32am Thu 12 Jun 14

Thor at the door says...

He needs to srt his head out. A good player he is. All you lot knocking him for his playing? How many caps and Lions games have you played in? I bet none of you have even played on RP in Black and Amber!

However, he does seem to like the booze still, apparently he was turfed out of the green lady pub in Caerphilly on the weekend.

I hope they sort him out and we get the best out of him, as on his day he can be quite brilliant.

I wish him and the Dragons all the best!
He needs to srt his head out. A good player he is. All you lot knocking him for his playing? How many caps and Lions games have you played in? I bet none of you have even played on RP in Black and Amber! However, he does seem to like the booze still, apparently he was turfed out of the green lady pub in Caerphilly on the weekend. I hope they sort him out and we get the best out of him, as on his day he can be quite brilliant. I wish him and the Dragons all the best! Thor at the door
  • Score: 6

1:57pm Thu 12 Jun 14

SWBorderer says...

Very much a forward version of Henson, loads of talent but the inability to listen to good advice. McKintosh and Teichman tried to teach him but he wouldn't listen to them.
Can be an asset if he decides to play for the team but if he only wants to show off he'll be a waste of money. I would like it to work out as he undoubtedly has talent, this is his last chance to show it.
Very much a forward version of Henson, loads of talent but the inability to listen to good advice. McKintosh and Teichman tried to teach him but he wouldn't listen to them. Can be an asset if he decides to play for the team but if he only wants to show off he'll be a waste of money. I would like it to work out as he undoubtedly has talent, this is his last chance to show it. SWBorderer
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Caerleonboy says...

SWBorderer wrote:
Very much a forward version of Henson, loads of talent but the inability to listen to good advice. McKintosh and Teichman tried to teach him but he wouldn't listen to them.
Can be an asset if he decides to play for the team but if he only wants to show off he'll be a waste of money. I would like it to work out as he undoubtedly has talent, this is his last chance to show it.
At least he and Henson aren't both in the same squad
[quote][p][bold]SWBorderer[/bold] wrote: Very much a forward version of Henson, loads of talent but the inability to listen to good advice. McKintosh and Teichman tried to teach him but he wouldn't listen to them. Can be an asset if he decides to play for the team but if he only wants to show off he'll be a waste of money. I would like it to work out as he undoubtedly has talent, this is his last chance to show it.[/p][/quote]At least he and Henson aren't both in the same squad Caerleonboy
  • Score: 3

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