CALDICOT'S Mike Powell is relishing the chance to lock horns with London Welsh after the former Exiles captain helped secure a friendly with the prestigious club.

The Division Two East side will entertain Welsh, who last year won Herts and Middlesex one after disbanding their professional side because of financial turmoil, at Longfellow Road on Saturday, August 18 (kick-off 1pm).

Caldicot are hoping to attract a bumper crowd for a fun day and intend to include their mini and junior sections as part of the match proceedings, while Powell is excited about welcoming some familiar faces to his club.

The 39-year-old lock captained London Welsh and made 85 appearances for the club between 2008 and 2012, helping them earn promotion to the Premiership in his final campaign.

"I did a charity game last season for Ed Jackson (the ex-Dragons number eight and his former Welsh teammate) and mentioned about setting up a friendly with them," said the player-coach.

"It's a massive coup for our club because London Welsh's history is second to none – it was great to play Ebbw Vale last year and now we have got this. It's a brilliant fixture and we will make a day of it."

It presents the opportunity for Powell to have another blast against one of the most storied clubs in rugby.

"I've agreed that I will stick my boots on again for a few minutes," said Powell, who is an independent mortgage adviser in Caldicot.

"I played against London Welsh for Crawshays, Exeter and Moseley and not many will have played against them with four clubs. It will be great for me but more importantly it will be great for the club.

"But I am 40 in a few months and as much as I'd love to play every minute of every game, it's time to only get on if needed. We have got some good second rows coming through and it's better to pass tips on to them."

Caldicot face Welsh the week after their first tune-up at Porthcawl on Saturday, August 11.