Wales’ Andy Powell and Wasps part company

London Wasps have revealed that Wales international Andy Powell is to leave the Aviva Premiership club by mutual consent.


The announcement comes following a thorough and detailed review, between the player and the club, of all of the evidence arising from the incident for which Powell was initially suspended as well as England prop Tim Payne.


Powell and Payner were initially suspended by the club following a violent clash with football supporters.


Wasps’ then reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and viewed statements from those witnesses present throughout.


Powell said he had been knocked unconscious and required stitches in a head wound after what he claimed was “a bit of banter” with QPR fans in a bar escalated into a fight.


After looking into the incident Wasps lifted Payne’s ban, but Powell had remained suspended pending further investigations.


And on Wednesday Wasps announced Powell, who only joined last year, was on his way out of the London club.


Powell, who joined Wasps after being released early from his contract with Cardiff Blues, is no stranger to controversy.


Last year he was kicked out of Wales’ Six Nations squad by coach Warren Gatland after being arrested for taking and driving away a golf buggy following a dramatic victory over Scotland.


Powell was arrested near a motorway junction close to Wales’ training base in the Vale of Glamorgan.


He subsequently pleaded guilty to driving a mechanically-propelled vehicle while being unfit through drink and received a 15-month driving ban.


Powell, 29, has been capped 17 times by Wales, with the last of his Test appearances coming in this season’s 26-19 Six Nations defeat by England in Cardiff in February.

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