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Andy Powell's Golf Buggy Misadventure Began Because Warren Gatland Wanted Cigarettes

Andy Powell's Golf Buggy Misadventure Began Because Warren Gatland Wanted Cigarettes
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Although we have all heard the 'Andy Powell taking a golf buggy down the motorway' story, he has added an interesting new detail to the infamous tale, involving Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

Powell has said previously that he took the golf buggy to go and buy cigarettes, but in his chat with Jim Hamilton on The Big Jim Show he revealed that it was Warren Gatland who asked him to get a packet.

It must be noted, however, that Gatland could not have envisioned Powell drink driving, let alone hot wiring a golf buggy, while it is also the memory of a man who was at the end of a heavy night of drinking.


"I think we got back to the Vale about four o'clock in the morning," explained Powell. "Can't remember getting back, and you're thinking, get back to the Vale, you're going to get back to your room, but the boys are still drinking in the bar.

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6 June 2009; Andy Powell, British and Irish Lions, in action against Tewis de Bruyn, Free State Cheetahs. Free State Cheetahs v British and Irish Lions, Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Picture credit: Seconds Left / SPORTSFILE

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Gatland was still drinking, and I can remember Gatland comes up to me and he goes 'can I get a cigarette.' So we're having a cigarette outside, Shane Williams, Lee Byrne. And it's like being with your mates, and we were just talking about the game, talking about the night, how did it go, can't remember much.

We've gone back in for a few drinks. I've after then got a fag off Byrney, and Gatland comes out and goes 'can I have a cigarette.' I was the only one outside then to finish my fag off. I said 'I haven't got any fags,' he goes 'aw go and get some fags.'

'I said 'drive? I'm not driving.' But I had that in my head then.

Now on a mission to get a packet of smokes, Powell used a screwdriver to rev up one of the hotel's golf buggies, before taking it down the M4 motorway and getting arrested.

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