Gatland has not closed door on Powell
May 10, 2011
Toby Faletau has been in fine form for the Dragons © Getty Images
Wales coach Warren Gatland has not closed the door on Andy Powell, despite overlooking the troubled No.8 for their clash with the Barbarians on June 4.
Powell departed Wasps last week after the Aviva Premiership side probed a London bar-room brawl that left him nursing a head injury, and he is currently without a club.
Newport-Gwent Dragons youngster Toby Faletau has been rewarded for some stunning recent performances with a place on the panel and is likely to make his Wales bow against the Baa Baas, but Gatland could yet call on Powell for their Rugby World Cup warm-up clashes with England and Argentina.
"We have got to recognise the impression Toby has made in the last number of weeks," Gatland said.
"It doesn't mean we are excluding someone like Andy. I am sure he will get an opportunity in the wider squad to perhaps come in and make an impression.
"For us at the moment it's looking at someone like Toby and giving him an opportunity to impress and do what he has been doing for the Newport-Gwent Dragons. Hopefully, he can do it on a bigger stage."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
John Taylor argues the world's best XVs players must be given a chance to play in the Olympics to increase the appeal of the game
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9