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Andy Powell - back to RU?


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#1 Futtocks

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:27 AM

Having played just five games for Wigan Warriors since switching codes, Andy Powell is contemplating moving back to rugby union.

 

Two leading Welsh RU clubs are interested in the former international back rower who also played for the British Lions.

 

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#2 7723

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:32 AM

He has just been given squad number 21 by Wigan. Doesn't mean he isn't going, but if talks are going on you would have thought he wouldn't have been given a number.



#3 Futtocks

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:34 AM

I hope he stays. I'm curious to see how he'll do, given a full off-season's preparation.


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#4 OMEGA

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

My guess is that after a career in RU and at his age he's finding the conditioning needed for Pro Rugby is too much to handle and wants out

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:49 AM

depends what you mean by just got the squad number  I would guess a couple of weeks ago  so if the offers came in after that  you can see how it would happen


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#6 shrek

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:04 PM

Big draw for all parties must have been having him available for the RLWC, I guess now this has passed him by all parties are keen to take another look at the options.



#7 St Reatham

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:07 PM

I thought he looked quite handy, and with a whole off season to prepare thought he would do well in 2014.

#8 JohnM

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:09 PM

At least the MEN wasn't being judgemental: Wigan flop Powell



#9 Just Browny

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:24 PM

Surprised at this. Players usually last at least a couple of seasons at Wigan before heading off to union.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:31 PM

I admire the bloke for taking the gamble, he wanted to test himself at a new sport and showed plenty bottle in doing so - whatever he goes on to do I wish him well



#11 Middleton Bull

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:41 PM

I admire the bloke for taking the gamble, he wanted to test himself at a new sport and showed plenty bottle in doing so - whatever he goes on to do I wish him well

Fully agree.  I think that with a full off-season of training he would make good progress in League.



#12 RLDave

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 12:42 PM

It should have said 'Having played 10 minutes spread over 5 games for Wigan"
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#13 EastLondonMike

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 01:39 PM

Hope it isn't true as i would like to see how he goes this season. Improving his defence, which clearly needed working on, is something you can happen pretty quickly if he's willing to listen and learn.

Brave decision to come over and have a go regardless. No doubt cop plenty of stick for such a sharp exit though.


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 05:02 PM

Conditioning can be done in the off-season. Learning the game is a longer process, when you factor that into his age/contract length, maybe a return to RU is best for both parties.



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:14 PM

Always looked a curious signing this one. Only seen brief glimpses of him on the telly, but he doesn't look up to it really, and at his age, can't see him getting to grip with the game.

If he was any good at union, then I'd go back there if I was him, as I can't see him getting any game time in Super League.

#16 bedlam breakout

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:36 PM

how much did he get paid for his 10 mins of sl? waste of money ru pudding


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#17 Finn

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:00 PM

Heard from a reliable source that he is ripping it up in training. His age, rather than ability or attitude is a worry, similar to Gareth Thomas in this respect.

#18 Wolford6

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:54 PM

We ought to ask if we can have him on loan for the first three months.

 

To my mind, his problem isn't his age, skill  or fitness. That's not been in doubt for the past ten years.

It's that he seemingly has fallen out with every team he's played for.


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#19 absentee thoughtlord

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:59 PM

I hope he gives it at least another 12 months. I really can't see him baulking at this point as it would do his cred no good whatsoever in either game. And he's a nice enough bloke, so I've heard.



#20 yipyee

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:59 PM

Maybe he thought he would walk into Wales world cup team?

With more internationals he and a few of his old pals may be tempted to do a SBW?




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