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Club Rugby

Andy Powell returns to rugby union as he agrees deal to join Newport Gwent Dragons after being released by Wigan Warriors

Former British and Irish Lion will switch codes once again after an unsuccessful stint with the Warriors

Newport Gwent Dragons have confirmed that Andy Powell will join them from the start of next season.

The former British and Irish Lion will switch codes back to rugby union following a short stint with Wigan Warriors that ended in him being released in January.

The 32-year-old powerhouse back row brings plenty of experience to the table, having picked up 23 caps for Wales and played for clubs such as Cardiff Blues, London Wasps and Sale.

It also represents a homecoming for Powell, who started out at Newport RFC,

"I am extremely delighted to be back in Wales. I have very fond memories of playing for Newport RFC and can remember the great support we had from fans when I previously played for them," he told the club's official website.

"I have been very impressed through the season with both Kingsley and Lyn's ambitions for the region. I am very excited for the challenges that lie ahead and look forward to challenging the other Welsh regions for silverware."

Dragons head coach Kingsley Jones, added, "I am very excited that we are bringing Andy back to Gwent to play.

"He has the X-Factor and brings a lot to the team dynamics not forgetting his great ball carrying skills.

"He will be coming back here to challenge the likes of Taulupe Faletau for a first team spot as well as adding experience to the squad."