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Roy Colin Powell (30 April 1965 – 27 December 1998) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and at club level for St John Fisher (in Dewsbury), Leeds, Bradford Northern, Featherstone Rovers, Batley and Rochdale Hornets, as a prop, or second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or 11 or 12.

Roy Powell
Roy Powell - Leeds.jpeg
Personal information
Full nameRoy Colin Powell
Born(1965-04-30)30 April 1965
Dewsbury, England
Died27 December 1998 (aged 33)
Rochdale, England
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1983–?? Leeds
1992–95 Bradford Northern 123 13 1 0 54
1995–?? Featherstone Rovers
19??–98 Batley
1998 Rochdale Hornets
Total 123 13 1 0 54
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985–91 Great Britain 19 1 0 0 4
Source: [1]

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BackgroundEdit

Roy Powell was born in Dewsbury, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and he died aged 33 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England.

Playing careerEdit

Powell won caps for Great Britain while at Leeds in 1985 against France (sub), in 1988 against France (2 matches), Australia (sub), Australia (2 matches), and New Zealand, in 1989 against France (2 matches), and New Zealand (2 matches), in 1990 against Papua New Guinea (2 matches), New Zealand (2 matches) (sub), New Zealand, Australia, and Australia (sub), and in 1991 against France (sub).[1] He was selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour.

Powell played left-second-row, i.e. number 11, in Leeds' 33–12 victory over Castleford in the 1988 Yorkshire County Cup Final during the 1988–89 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Sunday 16 October 1988. Powell played left-second-row , i.e. number 11, in Leeds' 14–15 defeat by St. Helens in the 1987–88 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1987–88 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 January 1988, and played right-prop, i.e. number 10, in 8–15 defeat by Wigan in the 1992–93 Regal Trophy Final during the 1992–93 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1993.[2] Powell played in Batley's victory over Oldham in the 1998–99 Trans-Pennine Cup Final during the 1998–99 season.

He collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest at the age of 33, while on his way to take part in a training session for Rochdale Hornets on 27 December 1998.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "23rd January 1993: Bradford 8 Wigan 15 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/rugby-league-international-dies-of-heart-attack-aged-33-1194675.html

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