Blues cut Powell loose

The Cardiff Blues have terminated their contract with Andy Powell following numerous incidents of delinquency.

The latest in a series of indiscretions – a drunken stunt that saw the 28-year-old loose forward arrested for driving a golf buggy towards a motorway in February – has seen the Welsh club run out of patience.

The Wales international still had two years to run on his contract, but his five-year spell with the Blues is now over.

Wales coach Warren Gatland recalled Powell for the recent tour to New Zealand but his hopes of participating in the Tests were ended by a thigh problem.

Blues director of rugby David Young revealed the decision to allow Powell to leave was favoured by club and player, with Wasps moving quickly to sign the No 8.

‘When he’s fully focused Andy is one of the best back row forwards in the country, as he showed when he was deservedly called up to represent his country and the Lions during his time with the Blues,’ Young said.

‘However, it’s fair to say this last season has been a difficult one for Andy following the unwise incident with the golf buggy and he has lost his way somewhat. Both parties felt it was in the best interests of the region and Andy if we parted company and we wish him well with his future rugby career.’