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Wales rugby star switches codes

Former Wales and Lions back row forward Andy Powell has switched codes and signed for rugby league side Wigan Warriors.

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Wales international Powell switches codes

Andy Powell has won 23 caps for Wales. Credit: PA

Former Wales international Andy Powell has switched codes and signed for rugby league side Wigan Warriors.

The back row forward played on the Lions tour of South Africa in 2009 but has fallen out of favour with Wales recently.

He has played club rugby for Newport, the Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Wasps and, most recently, Sale.

The 31-year-old from Brecon, has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract and will join Wigan in May, when his Sale contract comes to an end.

Powell said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me. I have always thought that a move to rugby league could be an option for me at some point in my career. Wigan Warriors are the biggest name in rugby league; they also have a rich history of Welsh connections over the years."

Wigan owner Ian Lenagan said: "This is a good signing for us, reminiscent of Scott Quinnell who became a highly successful Wigan forward before returning to union as an even better player. It is also a great opportunity for Wales to have him in their Rugby League World Cup squad in the autumn."

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