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Wales forward Andy Powell’s career back on track after move to London Wasps

A revitalised Andy Powell aims to plot England’s downfall when he makes his Six Nations comeback on Friday night.

And if the number eight proves successful, then former English champions Wasps can take a considerable chunk of the credit.

Watch an interview with Wales centre Jamie Roberts who says a win against England on Friday is crucial for their Six Nations’ campaign

It is almost a year since Powell was removed from Wales’ Six Nations squad, booted out by head coach Warren Gatland after he drove a golf buggy from the team hotel in the early hours following a thrilling victory over Scotland.

Powell was arrested at a motorway service station nearby, and subsequently admitted driving while unfit through drink, for which he received a 15-month driving ban.

Watch an interview with Wales’ James Hook who believes his team will be a handful for England on Friday night

But the 29-year-old has resurrected his rugby career after moving from Cardiff Blues to Wasps, with a contract extension set to be agreed at Adams Park during the next few days.

And Wales hope to reap the benefit, starting against England when he wins his 17th cap by packing down alongside Dan Lydiate and Sam Warburton.

Powell said: “The move has been great. I am thoroughly enjoying my rugby at the moment.

“I’ve had a run of games, and I’m playing week in, week out. If you are playing four or five games on the trot, you are mentally fit and match fit.

“I wanted to get back playing to where I knew I could, and I’ve done it and now I am back here. I am the kind of guy who likes a bit of pressure.”

Unlike many of his Wales team-mates this week, Powell has at least had experience of opposing England back-row newcomer Tom Wood – albeit not with the outcome he would have wanted.

Powell and Wasps had an afternoon to forget back in October when Saints surprised Wasps, winning 37-10 in an Aviva Premiership clash.

“It was a bit of a hiding,” Powell recalled. “He is a good player, but he has been in a pack going forward this season.

“We haven’t seen him in a pack going back yet. Hopefully on Friday, he will be on the back foot and we will be able to get on top of him.

“The boy has got a cool head on his shoulders, but Friday night is going to be a different issue. We will try to get into him and try to make their job that bit harder.

“There is a good buzz around the (Wales) camp. Everyone is really looking forward to Friday night.

“The two boys beside me (Lydiate and Warburton) are terrific athletes, and it will take a good English back-row to stop us.

“If we can start well, take the points and get a lead, then that will be crucial for us.”

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