Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Six Nations 2010: Andy Powell determined to win back place in Wales squad

The 28-year-old Cardiff Blues back-row forward lost his Wales place after he was charged with driving a golf buggy "whilst unfit through drink" following Saturday's victory over Scotland.

Powell will appear at Cardiff Magistrates Court on March 2, four days after Wales take on France in the Championship.

However, despite being ruled out of that game and almost certainly Wales' other championship matches against Ireland and Italy, a statement released by Powell's agent, Mike Burton, highlighted the player's desire to regain his position.

"Andy will now work towards re-establishing himself in the Welsh squad at a time when the WRU team management think fit," he said.

Scotland threequarter Thom Evans is to undergo a second operation on his neck. The Glasgow wing, 24, suffered a serious injury after colliding with Wales full-back Lee Byrne at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

He had an operation that evening but surgeons have decided a second procedure will be required later this week before he is released from University Hospital, Cardiff.

An independent committee will convene in London on March 2 to hear the appeal lodged by Stade Fran├žais prop David Attoub against both the finding of foul play and the 70-week ban he received for eye gouging in the Heineken Cup game against Ulster in December.

Jerry Flannery will go before a disciplinary hearing in Dublin this morning to discover whether he will be able to play in all of Ireland's remaining Six Nations games.

The Ireland hooker has been charged with kicking France wing Alexis Palisson in Saturday's 33-10 defeat in Paris. If the citing is upheld, Flannery faces at least a four-week suspension, which would rule him out of Ireland's games against England and Wales. Ireland close their campaign against Scotland on March 20.

Springbok centre Jean de Villiers will leave Munster at the end of the season and return to South Africa to improve his chances of playing in next year's World Cup.

"This is perhaps my last opportunity to represent my country at the Rugby World Cup and after consultation with SARU it has become clear that to qualify for selection players must be playing their rugby in South Africa in the season leading up to the competition," he said.

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