Ben Flower backs Andy Powell to make Super League impact for Wigan

Last Updated: 25/09/13 7:24pm

Wigan star Ben Flower told Boots 'n' All he is backing fellow Welshman Andy Powell to get to grips with rugby league.

Powell is in the embryonic stages of his career with the Warriors having made a switch from rugby union outfit Sale, and has notched one try in his five appearances to date, against Hull in late August.

But Flower thinks the 32-year-old - who toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and played the 15-man code domestically for the likes of Newport, Leicester and Wasps - will quickly adapt to his new sport.

"Andy is doing really well considering he has only been here a few weeks."

Ben Flower

"When I first came to Wigan I was doing 360 rolls and placing the ball when I had to get up and play the ball, but it's one of those things," said Flower, who described playing for the Warriors as "a dream come true".

"The more and more you do something the better you become as you get into a routine, and Andy is doing really well considering he has only been here a few weeks, so I wish him all the best."


Flower will not be teaming with Sam Tomkins at Wigan next season, though, after the Warriors full-back sealed a switch to NRL franchise New Zealand Warriors for a world record transfer fee.

Boots 'n' All pundit Shaun McRae thinks Tomkins, the 2012 Super League Man of Steel, will flourish when he heads Down Under from the 2014 campaign and that the move will benefit him on field and off.

And while Hull FC's outgoing Director of Rugby says Tomkins will have to deal with better rearguards in the NRL than he is used to facing on English shores, he expects the Milton Keynes-born man to make a lasting impression.

"It doesn't hurt to get out from where you've grown up and into new surroundings and that will improve Sam as a person," said McRae.

"I'm not saying he needs that because he is a tremendous ambassador for this game but he will see a lot of life.


"He will find it tough because the defences are so much better, but he will make it because he doesn't accept failure and, despite the levels he has attained, he still thinks he can become a better player."

On Tomkins, former Castleford and London wing Jon Wells added: "He is a loyal Wiganer and we have been privileged to watch him over the years.

"New Zealand Warriors are getting a 24-year-old - which is something we often forget having watched him for so long - and someone who has made 150 appearances for Wigan and scored 144 tries.

"That as a standalone statistic is exceptional but then you take into account the tries he has laid on for Josh Charnley, Pat Richards and anybody else in that backline you'd care to mention.

"He is a rare talent."

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