Powell leaves relegated Worcester for Saints

Northampton have announced that Worcester Warriors scrumhalf Ryan Powell will join the Saints from this summer.

Powell will bring a wealth of experience to the Saints squad ahead of their Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup campaigns garnered from his time at Worcester, Cardiff Blues and Wales.

The scrum-half has been at Sixways since 2006 and to date has played 78 times for the Warriors, including the 2008 European Challenge Cup final. Prior to that he spent seven seasons at Cardiff Blues, making over 150 appearances and playing regularly in the Heineken Cup.

Powell, 29, also has three Welsh caps to his name and is a former Wales ‘A’ captain.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Powell is a good addition to the Saints squad.

“Ryan has pace, technical ability and experience, all of which will be useful as we prepare for another challenging season,” he said. “He has shown over the years that he is a consistent performer who has played at all levels of the game, including internationals and the Heineken Cup.

“Ryan will certainly bring more quality and strength in depth and the competition for places will increase the standards in the squad.”

“I jumped at the chance of joining Northampton,” said Powell. “It was a great honour to be asked and I was over the moon.”

“Everything about the Saints is great, in my opinion. They’ve got a never say die attitude and know where the try line is, and their style of play is hard to defend against.

“Worcester have got a great fan base and set-up, but when I came to the Saints to chat with Jim and the coaches it was clear that they want to move forward and push on as a club to try and be one of the best teams in England and in Europe.

” It could be an exciting future and is a big reason why I signed. Playing on the pitch is like playing on a bowling green, and the support for the Saints gives the stadium a great buzz. Playing for them, I imagine, is going to be magnificent.

“It’ll be a big buzz playing back in the Heineken Cup and although I still have ambitions to play for Wales again my first priority will be making the number nine jersey at the Saints my own.

“The coaches at Worcester have done a lot for me over the last four seasons, and while it’s unfortunate that we’re in the situation we are. The supporters have been magnificent, too, turning out in their thousands no matter where we are in the league and they made me feel very welcome when I moved up from Wales.

“But I have to look forward, which is why I’m moving to Northampton.”

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