Originally from the Rhondda, Gary was educated at Treorchy Comprehensive School and Llandovery College. He first joined Cardiff RFC in the summer of 1999 enjoying an excellent first season as a young prop and went on to play 55 games for the club. Having played all age grade rugby for his country Gary went on to play for Wales under-21 while at the Arms Park.
Since moving back to Cardiff, Gary played 80 games for the Blues, starting 55 matches and coming off the bench for 25. Gary suffered a torn achilles in the Magners League defeat against Leinster in March this year and the injury has not heeled well enough for him to play rugby.
Speaking of the announcement, Cardiff Blues CEO Robert Norster said,
"It is very unfortunate for both Gary and the Blues that injury has again struck and shortened another professional career."
"Naturally, we are sorry to lose Gary who has been a popular and affable character serving the team well, both on and off the field of play."
"On behalf of us all, I wish him and his family every success in their future lives".
Gary Powell said,
"I have worked extremely hard to overcome this injury, but in the end I have been advised by my consultant that my achilles will not stand up to the demands of the rugby, which is hugely disappointing."
"I would like to thank the fans, the medical team and everyone at the Blues for their support during this difficult time. There have been huge changes since I first joined in 1999 and I wish them every success in the future."
"I have played with some great players and made many lifelong friends throughout my career."
"I would also like to say a special thanks to my family and friends, especially my father for the unfaltering support."
"From when I first started at Treherbert RFC, playing rugby has been a large part of my life for many years and will be missed massively."
"However, I have a young family and it is now time to look to the future and enjoy the next chapter of my life."