Powell, 31, succeeds his international coach, Phil Larder, whose contract with the Cougars was not renewed late in the season. He will take up his new duties when he returns from New Zealand in November. Powell, a replacement for the injured Paul Newlove, was a record signing for Keighley from Sheffield Eagles two seasons ago.
Denis Betts, overlooked for the tour captaincy, has predicted that his former Wigan team-mate, Andy Farrell, will hold the job for many years to come. Betts, appointed vice-captain to Farrell, said: "Andy has shown that he can do the job and if he continues to do everything right he will be in the job for a very, very long time. It's my bad luck that he is only 21."
The future of another tourist, Iestyn Harris, could be resolved with the opening of talks between his club, Warrington, and St Helens.
Saints are trying to persuade Warrington to part with Harris for less than the pounds 1.35m at which he is transfer listed, but the St Helens chief executive, David Howes, has denied that any players have been offered in part-exchange.Reuse content