Sam Powell

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Sam Powell
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Personal information
Born (1992-07-03) 3 July 1992 (age 26)[1]
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
Weight 13 st 3 lb (84 kg)[1]
Playing information
Position Hooker, Scrum-half, Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012– Wigan Warriors 163 19 11 2 100
2013(DR) South Wales Scorpions 7 2 0 0 8
2014(DR) Workington Town 1 0 0 0 0
2015(DR) Workington Town 1 2 0 0 8
Total 172 23 11 2 116
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2018– England Knights 1 0 0 0 0
As of 2 February 2019
Source: [2][3]

Sam Powell is an English rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half or hooker for the Wigan Warriors in the Super League.

He was previously dual registered with Championship club Workington Town and with the South Wales Scorpions in League 1.[4] After signing for Wigan as a youngster his first team début came in a 2012 Super League game against Hull FC.[5]

Club career

Wigan Warriors

Powell signed for the Wigan academy aged 16 and progressed through the ranks winning the Academy Grand Final against Warrington in 2011.


Powell got his debut for Wigan against Hull FC in August, scoring a try in the 48-10 victory. He started at scrum-half after Brett Finch suffered a hamstring injury.[6]


Powell made 16 appearances scoring tries against Hull KR, London Broncos and Huddersfield Giants. His kicking game was one of the reasons for his run in the team, a long range drop goal winning the game against Widnes Vikings in early June. Powell was then called up to the England Knights squad alongside fellow Warriors Dominic Crosby, Iain Thornley and Scott Taylor. He made his debut for the side against Samoa scoring two tries in the 52-16 victory.[7]


Powell was handed the number 19 shirt for the new season and made 22 appearances scoring against Bradford Bulls, Salford Red Devils and Hull FC. Half way through the season coach Shaun Wane decided to experiment with the halfback pairing, moving George Williams from hooker to stand off, with Powell starting at dummy half. This would become a permanent switch after Williams impressed in the halves.[8] He was part of the team that lost the Super League Grand Final against St. Helens most famous for a Ben Flower red card.


The new Super League season play 23 times for the Wigan club with more appearances coming from the bench showing a positional change from halfback to hooker. His only try of the season came against Hull F.C. in late July. He made his second appearance at Old Trafford losing out to Leeds Rhinos in a tense Super League Grand Final.


Powell was handed the number 16 shirt for the new season, an early indication that he would be playing mainly from the bench replacing Michael McIlorum at hooker. This however was not to be the case after McIlorum suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle against the Brisbane Broncos in just the third game of the season.[9] Despite initial speculation that Wigan would have to bring in a replacement Powell made the role his own playing 36 times playing on many occasions 80 minutes per game. Tries again St. Helens, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity and Hull F.C. ensured it was his most successful season in both appearances and scores. He won the Super League Grand Final on the third time of asking in a tense affair which saw Wigan Warriors beat Warrington Wolves 12-6.[10]


With McIlorum still out injured, Powell started the season at hooker and played his 100th game for the Wigan club in the 22-6 World Club Challenge victory over the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks.[11] McIlorum returned in the Good Friday derby against St. Helens but Powell kept his place in the team making 31 appearances in all competitions scoring twice and kicking 6 goals.


The departure of McIlorum meant that Thomas Leuluai was handed the number 9 shirt with Powell moving to the number 7.

Career Statistics

Club Season Appearances Tries Goals F/G Points
Wigan Warriors 2012 1 1 - - 4
2013 16 3 - 2 14
2014 22 3 - - 12
2015 23 1 - - 4
2016 36 7 1 - 30
2017 31 2 6 - 20
2018 33 2 4 - 16
Total 162 19 11 2 100


  1. ^ a b c "Sam Powell Wigan Warriors". Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  2. ^ profile
  3. ^ Rugby League Project
  4. ^ "South Wales Scorpions hail Northern Rail revival". Rugby League Coaching Manuals. 13 March 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  5. ^ "A dream début for Powell". Wigan Observer. 6 August 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  6. ^ "A dream debut for Powell". Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ "Rugby League World Cup: England Knights thrash Samoa 52-16 at the Salford City Stadium". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  8. ^ "Sam and George trading places". Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  9. ^ "Wigan fear Michael McIlorum could be out for six months". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ "Super League Grand Final: Warrington Wolves 6-12 Wigan Warriors". BBC Sport. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  11. ^ "Powell prepares for a special milestone". Retrieved 2018-01-19.

External links

  • Wigan Warriors profile
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