Former Wales & Lions number eight Andy Powell has been forced into retirement from professional rugby because of an ongoing knee injury.
The 35-year-old started his career with Newport and had spells with Leicester, Scarlets, Cardiff Blues, Wasps and Newport Gwent Dragons among others. Powell made his Wales debut in 2008 and won the last of his 23 caps in 2012.
Powell toured South Africa with the British and Irish Lions in 2009 but did not make a Test appearance.
Powell joined Merthyr in the Welsh Championship in 2015 and helped them win promotion to the Premiership.
“Andy’s found it hard to get over his current knee injury and will not be forgotten. He was a big part of our success last season as captain,” said Merthyr chairman Peter Morgan.
“Andy had plenty of time for everyone he will be sadly missed on the field and off, but will always be welcome to our club.”
We wish him all the best in retirement.