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Rugby star Andy Powell in court on drink driving charge

Andy Powell in the Wales v Scotland match
Andy Powell has played rugby for clubs in Wales, France and England

Welsh rugby star Andy Powell is expected to appear before Cardiff magistrates later charged with drink driving.

Mr Powell was arrested at services at junction 33 on the M4, hours after Wales beat Scotland last month.

His arrest came after a golf buggy was taken from the Vale Hotel and Spa, where Wales team members were staying.

Police said Mr Powell, 28, was charged with "driving a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit through drink".

Location map
The arrests were made near the M4

A second man who was arrested with Mr Powell was later released without charge.

Mr Powell had played in the 31-24 victory in the Six Nations championship before returning to the Vale Hotel along with teammates to spend the night.

Brecon-born rugby flanker Powell has won 14 caps for Wales and toured with the British and Irish Lions squad to South Africa.

The forward plays regional rugby for Cardiff Blues, after joining from the Llanelli Scarlets in 2005. He has also played for Beziers, Leicester and Newport.

He was dropped from the Wales squad for the Six Nations following his arrest.



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