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Wales give Powell the boot

Andy Powell's involvement in the RBS 6 Nations is effectively over after Wales reacted to his charge for drink driving by dropping him from their squad.

In a move that places a question mark over his Test future under head coach Warren Gatland, the Welsh management have suspended Powell for “behaviour contrary to the squad's code of conduct”.

Powell was arrested with a golf buggy at a motorway services, the morning after Wales had completed a dramatic 31-24 comeback win against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium.

South Wales Police said he was charged with “driving a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst unfit through drink”.

A court date of March 2 has been set, giving Powell time to reflect on an incident that has had damaging repercussions for international career.

Wales have acted decisively in removing the 28-year-old from their 35-man squad.

Team manager Alan Phillips said: “Andy knows he has misbehaved and is apologetic, but he also knows that he must take responsibility for his own actions and accept the repercussions.”

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