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Switch to rugby league likely - Wales' Andy Powell

Andy Powell
Powell has been recalled by Wales for their three Tests in June

Wales number eight Andy Powell says a move to rugby league within the next two years would interest him.

"I'm sure I will do it - at some point in the next year or so," he said.

The 28-year-old was recalled by Wales this week, having been kicked out of the Six Nations squad after admitting driving a golf buggy while drunk.

During his absence he was repeatedly linked with a move to join former Cardiff Blues team-mate Gareth Thomas at Super League side Crusaders.

British and Irish Lions back-rower Powell made his Wales debut against South Africa in 2008 after a nomadic career that had seen him play for Newport, Leicester, Beziers and the Scarlets before joining the Blues.

I would love to go and play league. I really would. It would suit my game

Andy Powell

"I've been up [to Wrexham] a few times to watch Alfie [Gareth Thomas] play and he's really enjoying himself," Brecon-born Powell told the Guardian.

"I would love to go and play league. I really would. It would suit my game.

"League is about getting the ball in hand and it's a straight-on game that matches my style.

"As a kid I always followed league and I also played it - around under-14 level. It's something I'd like to do."

Powell has one year left on his contract at the Blues.

Any move to league during the next 15 months would see Powell miss out on the chance to go to next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

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