Powell was selected for the 1966 British Lions tour to Australia and New Zealand, but did not play in any of the internationals.
He played club rugby for Northampton, making 370 appearances for the club over 15 seasons from 1963 to 1978, including four seasons as captain. He coached the Northampton team in the mid-1980 and then became head groundsman at Northampton's Franklin's Gardens ground until his retirement in 2015. Powell is one of the members of Northampton's Hall of Fame.
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