Powell's fears over prank
Flanker believes moment of stupidity could end his Wales career
Last Updated: 24/02/10 10:31am
Wales flanker Andy Powell has admitted he fears his international career could be over because of a "stupid prank".
"It was a stupid prank which went badly wrong. I regret terribly what I did."
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Powell was axed from Warren Gatland's RBS Six Nations squad after he was arrested for drink driving in the early hours of February 14 having driven along the M4 motorway in a golf buggy.
The 28-year-old's arrest came after a night of celebrations following the stunning 31-24 victory over Scotland.
And an apologetic Powell is now fearful that he could have played his last game for Wales.
"After beating Scotland the way we did I had a few too many beers and enjoyed the night a bit too much," he said.
"I should have been thinking more about what I was doing and, if I had, I would never have done it. It was a stupid prank which went badly wrong. I regret terribly what I did.
"I know it could cost me my international career and that tears me up inside every time I think about it.
"Gutted is not a strong enough word for how I feel. I've brought it all upon myself and I realise now that it could have a serious effect on my future.
"I have let Wales down, my family, the fans and everyone involved with rugby, especially Warren Gatland, who gave me the chance to play for my country.
"There is a danger that I won't get the chance to play for Wales again. It's going to be tough but it's up to me to rebuild my career and get it back on track."
Powell will discuss his fate when he appears at Cardiff Magistrates' Court on March 2.
And the Cardiff Blues star insists he only took the buggy because he "wanted to get a bar of chocolate and a sandwich" from the service station.
"At five o'clock in the morning that [taking a buggy] seemed to be the best option and the golf buggies are always outside the front," he told the Daily Mail.
"I didn't think it would do any harm to borrow one for the ride. I picked up a cone and a flashing orange light from the side of the road before I got to the motorway which was even more stupid.
"I've done stupid things before when I've had too many sherbets but nothing like this."