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Welsh rugby star given driving ban

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Cardiff Magistrate's Court has imposed a 15-month driving ban on Wales international rugby star Andy Powell after he was caught driving a golf buggy under the influence of alcohol.

Powell, 28, pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated he was unfit through drink.

The sportsman was arrested at a motorway service station at junction 33 of the M4. He had shortly finished playing in a Six Nations clash where Wales had beaten Scotland.

Another man was taken into custody with Powell close to the Wales team hotel in the Vale of Glamorgan. It happened in the early hours of February 14.

Powell's arrest and the subsequent publicity surrounding the incident saw him dropped from the Wales team the following day.

His lawyer Conrad Gadd told the court he had already admitted he had been "foolish", adding: "He is regretful that any young boy who may see him as a hero might think this behaviour is acceptable and he wants to make it plain that it isn't."

As well as the 15-month ban, Powell was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victims surcharge.

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