Six Nations - Wales drop Powell after buggy charge

Eurosport - Mon, 15 Feb 14:08:00 2010

Wales have dropped back row forward Andy Powell following his drink-driving charge after he admitted commandeering a golf buggy while under the influence of alcohol.

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A Welsh Rugby Union statement read: "After discussions with the player himself, it has been decided by management that he should be suspended from the squad for behaviour contrary to the squad's code of conduct."

Powell, 28, was arrested early on Sunday, hours after his team beat Scotland 31-24 in a Six Nations match.

He and a friend were found at motorway services near the national team hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan, having driven a buggy from the hotel in order to buy food.

Powell failed a breathalyser test and has since been charged with "driving a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit through drink".

Wales team manager Alan Phillips said: "This kind of behaviour cannot be tolerated."

Phillips said Powell has apologised to team and hotel management before being asked to leave the squad.

The British and Irish Lions back rower is due in court on March 2.

His agent Mike Burton told BBC Radio that a friend of Powell's had called at the team hotel on Sunday morning with the intention of driving him home.

Burton said: "Andy got up at 6.30 a.m, about 7 a.m. he went down for breakfast where the facilities were not ready so they said 'why don't we go down to the motorway services where we can get something there?'

"They walked out of the reception area, there was a golf buggy there and they used that to get to the services where the police asked them how they got there."


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