Andy Powell targets fresh start with move to Sale Sharks

The 29-year-old back row forward is thrown a lifeline after being released by Wasps only a week ago

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Powell signed for Sale Sharks this week Photo: David Howlett

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Andy Powell has signed a two-year contract with Sale Sharks, the club announced on Thursday.

The 29-year-old back row forward has been thrown a lifeline after being released by Wasps only a week ago following an altercation with football fans in a west London pub.

“It has been a tough couple of weeks for me but that has gone now and I am massively looking forward to a new challenge at Sale,” Powell told the Telegraph.

“There was a bit of interest from other clubs but I have been really impressed with what I have seen at Sale.”

Sale’s executive director of sport Steve Diamond says Powell’s signing will help rebuild his side, who finished third from bottom in this season’s Aviva Premiership.

“This is a huge signing for us,” he said. “Andy has tremendous experience, is one of the best ball carrying forwards in world rugby and is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw as far as our recruitment goes for next term.”

The Welsh international and British and Irish Lion is the 14th new arrival at Edgeley Park, with no fewer than 21 players and backroom staff set to leave in the summer.

“Such a wholesale change of players and coaching staff is necessary considering the performances of the club in the last two seasons,” Diamond said.

Diamond has already begun the rebuilding process by securing the services of second row forwards Fraser McKenzie (Edinburgh Rugby) and Russian international Andrei Ostrikov (Aurillac).

South African scrum half Scott Mathie and centre Luther Burrell have made the switch from Leeds, who are all but relegated following Worcester’s 21-12 win over Cornish Pirates on Wednesday in the Championship play off final first leg.

Sale players on the way out

Charlie Hodgson, Eifion Lewis-Roberts, Ben Cohen, Chris Bell, Asaeli Boko, Chris Brightwell, Sean Cox, Rhys Crane, Carl Fearns, Jack Forster, Matty James, Chris Jones, Sisaro Koyamaibole, Selorm Kuadey, Chris Leck, Neil McMillan, Simon McIntyre, Fergus Mulchrone, Kristian Ormsby, Nic Rouse and Mathew Tait.

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