Powell pays heavy price
WALES back-row Andy Powell was banned from driving for 15 months yesterday after pleading guilty to driving a golf buggy while unfit through drink.
Powell (28) was arrested at a motorway service station hours after Wales had beaten Scotland 31-24 in a dramatic Six Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium.
The Cardiff Blues No 8 was taken into custody with another man in the early hours of February 14 near the Wales team hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan.
In a statement released through his agent, Powell expressed his remorse over the incident and admitted his actions had made him a poor role model. The Welsh management suspended the Lions forward for "behaviour contrary to the squad's code of conduct" and declined to set a date for his return.
Powell returns to training with the Cardiff Blues today hoping to nudge his Test career back on track as soon as possible. "I now intend to put this matter behind me and to get on with my rugby career and the remainder of the Cardiff Blues season," he said.
"I still have aspirations to play for my country."
Powell was also fined £1,000.