Powell targets return to Wales squad

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Andy Powell has vowed to fight to get back into the Wales team after he was dropped from their RBS 6 Nations squad yesterday.

The 28-year-old was suspended by the Welsh management for breaching their code of conduct after he was arrested and charged for driving a golf buggy "whilst unfit through drink" following the weekend win over Scotland.



Powell's agent, Mike Burton, today released a statement which read: "Andy Powell has accepted the disciplinary decision handed down by the WRU and confirmed his public apology for the incident which occurred last Sunday morning.



"Andy remains a committed professional and will now work towards re-establishing himself in the Welsh squad at a time when the WRU team management think fit."



Powell was detained with another 28-year-old man early on Sunday morning at the service station near junction 33 of the M4 motorway, close to the spa hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan where his team were staying.



He subsequently failed a breathalyser test, police said. The men did not drive the buggy onto the motorway.



No player has been called up to provide back row cover following Powell's arrest.



Powell's place was under scrutiny before the incident with Sam Warburton making an impression from the bench against Scotland.



Powell has been playing out of position at blindside flanker to accommodate Ryan Jones in his preferred position at number eight and has struggled to adapt.



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