On This Day: Wales' Andy Powell drives golf buggy down M4
Andy Powell was thrown out of Wales’ Six Nations squad on this day in 2010 after driving a golf buggy on the M4 motorway while unfit through drink.
Powell had played in Wales’ 31-24 victory over Scotland in Cardiff and celebrated into the early hours of the following morning.
Powell had been arrested at 5.40am at a service station off the M4 to the west of Cardiff, around four miles from the Vale Resort.
The Welsh Rugby Union met Powell the following morning and suspended him for behaviour “contrary to the squad’s code of conduct”.
Powell, who played for the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009, was charged with driving a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit through drink and appeared before Cardiff magistrates two weeks later.
Conrad Gadd, the player’s lawyer, said: “Beer is a staple of any rugby side and here there was more than a few pints of beer.
“Mr Powell was out until the early hours of the morning. By 5.30am he and one colleague were hungry.
“The buggy was capable of doing about 20 miles per hour but it was nowhere near that speed.
“He stayed on the hard shoulder. Someone saw them and reported it to police.”
Brecon-born Powell pleaded guilty and as well as being banned from driving for 15 months, was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
He played no further part in the 2010 Six Nations and won the last of his 23 Wales caps against Scotland in February 2012.
Powell retired from playing rugby in October 2016 having played union for clubs in England, France and Wales, as well as having a short spell in rugby league.
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