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Scott Quinnell backs Andy Powell to succeed at Wigan

Last Updated: 23/04/13 6:41pm

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Scott Quinnell: Backs to Powell to succeed in league

Scott Quinnell: Backs to Powell to succeed in league

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Former Wales international Scott Quinnell believes Andy Powell will be a big success in rugby league after he switched codes to join Wigan.

Powell, 31, has agreed to join the Warriors on a two-and-a-half year deal from Sale following the conclusion of the Aviva Premiership season in May.

It sets up the possibility of him becoming a dual-code international by representing Wales at the rugby league World Cup in October.

Quinnell, who played 39 times for Wigan after his switch from Llanelli in 1994, said: "Andy will be fantastic for them.

"He has all the skills and the attributes to be a wonderful rugby league player. He gets across the gain-line and is dynamic."

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Quinnell, who played for Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, believes that Powell can also make an impact for Wales during the World Cup.

"He has five months and he will be fine," he said. "He might find it difficult going into a different environment and to understand the intricacies of rugby league.

"The hardest part is running backwards 10 metres after each tackle. But I think he will do well and Wigan will help him in every way they can."

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