9. Sam Powell


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Position: Hooker / Scrum half
Date of birth: 03/07/1992
Heritage number: 1041
Previous club: Wigan Academy (Wigan St Pats ARLFC)
Representative honours: England Knights
Wigan Debut: vs Hull FC (H), scrum half (one try), won 48-10 at DW Stadium, 03/08/2012


World Club Challenge: 2017
Super League: 2016, 2018 GFs
League Leaders’ Shield: 2012 (one appearance), 2020


One of Wigan’s hardcore players in the middle of the field, Sam Powell is a double Super League winner after triumphs in 2016 and 2018.

  • A versatile player who is equally competent at hooker or half back, as seen in 2016 when he was named Playersโ€™ Player of the Year after standing in at nine for much of the year.
  • Joined Wigan at the age of 16 from Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC.
  • Spent four years in the Clubโ€™s Academy and played a starring role in the 2011 Academy Grand Final win over Warrington Wolves.
  • Made his first team debut in August 2012, scoring a try in a win over Hull FC.
  • Held down a regular spot in the first team during 2014 and signed a new long-term deal with the Club on the eve of the 2015 season.
  • Won the Super League Grand Final at the third attempt in 2016.
  • Started at hooker in the 2017 World Club Challenge win over Cronulla Sharks and featured off the bench in the 2017 Challenge Cup Final vs Hull FC.
  • Won his second Grand Final ring after starting at hooker against Warrington in 2018.
  • Selected for the 2018 England Knightsโ€™ Tour of Papa New Guinea and played in both games, five years after his last appearance when he scored two tries against Samoa.
  • Signed a new three-year contract in December 2018.
  • Played 27 times under Adrian Lam in 2019, playing a key role in the centre of Wigan’s defence and attack.
  • Was called up to the England Knights squad in October and started in the 38-6 win in the international fixture win over Jamaica.
  • An ever-present in the League Leaders’ Shield winning side of 2020, Powell made 18 appearances, scoring an impressive 12 tries in all competitions.
  • Powell was a consistent starter for the Warriors in 2021 too, making 23 appearances and going over for 3 tries.
  • Continuing to be a regular in 2022, Powell made 20 appearances whilst crossing for 3 tries.
  • In June 2022, the Club announced that Powell had penned a new two-year deal, keeping him with the Warriors until at least 2024.
  • The 2022 season also saw Powell secure his 250th appearance for his hometown Club.

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