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The hilarious story of Andy Powell's late arrival for a match and the way Mike Phillips's incident with McDonald's opened his door to a young local man from Wales


There are many interesting stories about Andy Powell and here's another story to add to the gun.

He is coming from fellow Welsh international Lloyd Williams, as he prepares for his 200th participation at Cardiff Blues this weekend.

Williams scrum half made his debut at the Blues in March 2010 against Leinster at Cardiff City Stadium.

It was a special day for him and his family, but what comes to him in the mind is an incident involving the larger than life Powell.

"I remember that Andy had arrived late at the warm-up because he had had a football helmet on his head at a house party the night before!" recalls.

"I can say it now because it was done.

"I remember Dai Young not being happy and telling him to go out and warm up.

"Andy went out and made three goals, which was done to him.

"I remember thinking," Is this professional rugby? "

"But I certainly remember the experience.

"It was a very trying day for me to play against a top quality team in the stadium with all the boys I admired, but I remember enjoying it.

"It was a great day for me and my family."

Andy Powell in action for Cardiff Blues

Williams, 28 players, also reveals how much he was indebted to another great Welsh rugby character for his international rugby debut.

He was named to the Wales training squad for the 2011 World Cup in June of the same year after his compatriot Mike Phillips was suspended following a late night incident in the center. Cardiff City.

Williams won his first selection against Argentina a few weeks later, before going to the World Cup in New Zealand.

"Some things work well for you and you need a stroke of luck," he says in a Blues video.

"In this case, Mike Phillips found himself stuck in front of McDonald's.

"So I'm indebted to Mike and I always tell him."

Only the retired pillar, Taufa'ao Filise, now leads Williams on the blues list with 255.

Head Coach John Mulvihill led the tributes of the 29-year-old pillar, who will bring his double-century captain of the region against the Cheetahs at Arms Park on Saturday (5:15 pm).

Lloyd Williams will make his 200th participation for Cardiff Blues this weekend

"Playing 200 senior games is an incredible individual achievement for Lloyd, what is even more impressive is that he did everything in a Cardiff Blues jersey," said the Australian.

"He is a true model for our younger generations.

"This stage and his 28 selections for Wales, all achieved at the age of 29, reflect his athletic abilities, his work ethic, his determination, his diligence and his professionalism."

Williams will be paired with the back half by Jason Tovey, while Jarrod Evans will move from center 10 to center.

"At the moment, we can take advantage of the presence of two baseball players and two strike options on the court, and Jason and Jarrod will give it to us," Mulvihill said.

Attackers Olly Robinson, Kristian Dacey and Rory Thornton are both out of the Guinness PRO14 game for injury, as the Blues seek to end a four-game losing streak.

Cardiff Blues: Matthew Morgan; Harri Millard, Lee Lee-Lo, Jarrod Evans and Aled Summerhill; Jason Tovey, Lloyd Williams (Capt); Corey Domachowski, Liam Belcher, Scott Andrews, Josh Turnbull, Seb Davies, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Nick Williams.

replacements: Kirby Myhill, Brad Thyer, Keiron Assiratti, Macauley Cook, Lawrence Alun, Lewis Jones, Willis Halaholo and Jason Harries.

. (tagsToTranslate) Andy Powell (t) Welsh Rugby Union (t) Cardiff Blues (t) Lloyd Williams (t) Mike Phillips


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