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Dan Powell is one of our young home grown props, who has come all the way through our system, starting in the juniors, before going on to colts, progressing then through the senior sides from Knights, to 2nds and then finally the 1st XV. Whilst ‘Poweller’ looks like he is in his mid-40s he is actually only 22, which as we know in prop years is still very young.
A strong lad, Dan has developed into a very decent ‘scrummager’ in the 2nd XV under first Stuart Bemand’s and then Viv Wooley’s tutelage. He is in a sense a modern-day prop because he offers a lot more than just at scrum time, displaying a wholesome appetite for ball carrying and someone who certainly does not look to hide away and shirk his defensive responsibilities. Since making his 1st XV debut at the end of the 2012/13 season, Poweller has had to bide his time and be patient, as opportunities have been slender. Just a handful of chances presented themselves over the following two seasons until this year where he has become an important cog in the senior set up. Against Harrogate he got his first start, whilst being named in the squad on seven further occasions. In all of his appearances to date, Dan has shown an ability to cope with the requirements of the front row at this level and the work he did last summer with our conditioning coaches has certainly begun to bear fruit this year. If he continues this work off-field he will surely continue to establish himself further into the 1st XV over the coming years.
Away from rugby Poweller is a plumber within the family business BP Plumbing & Heating. Married for a couple of years now to his wife Alex, he is a resident of Shobdon and a frequent dweller of the local watering hole. In truth there is not a lot of ‘away from rugby’ with Poweller, because this man is a true student of the game. If he is not playing, then he is either watching it, reading about it or refereeing it, as one of our young Level 2 qualified referees. A regular volunteer in various aspects of the club and always one of the last to leave the bar after training, we hope Poweller goes on to fulfil his potential in the coming years.