FORMER Wales star Scott Quinnell believes Andy Powell will become a big success in rugby league after opting to follow in his footsteps.
Powell has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Wigan, joining them from Aviva Premiership side Sale, and is set to become a dual-code international by playing for Wales in the World Cup, which is launched in Cardiff in October.
Quinnell, 40, who played 39 times for Wigan after his switch from Llanelli in 1994, said: “Andy will be fantastic for them.
“He has all the skills and the attributes to be a wonderful rugby league player. He gets across the gain-line and is dynamic.”
Quinnell played for Wales in the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and believes the Brecon-born Powell will be ready to make his mark when Wales kick off their 2013 campaign against Italy on October 26.
“He has five months and he will be fine,” he said
“He might find it difficult going into a different environment and to understand the intricacies of rugby league.
“The hardest part is running backwards 10 metres after each tackle. But I think he will do well and Wigan will help him in every way they can.”