Ken Owens breaks captaincy record for Scarlets

Ken Owens breaks captaincy record for Scarlets

Ken Owens will captain Scarlets for a record seventh successive season as the 2020-21 campaign gets underway.

The previous record was held by Scarlets, Welsh and British & Irish Lions legend Phil Bennett, who captained the club from 1973 to 1979.

Glen Delaney, Scarlets head coach, showed great confidence in the appointment, and said:

“Ken is our leader, he is also our spiritual leader. He is the heartbeat of our team and if you look at Welsh rugby as a whole, he is going to be up there in a very small, select group of people who are unbelievably respected by all Welsh players.

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“What you see on the field is what everyone sees, but what I see is the work Ken does behind the scenes keeping the team together. He works unbelievably hard off the field for everyone and really feels a deep sense of purpose and connection to the players and to the club.

“The leadership group we have is a wonderfully dynamic, diverse group with different opinions and views and they support him 100%. Ken brings them all in and that is a wonderful skill he has got, his ability to bring people into the decision-making process when he needs it.”

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Owens, who debuted for the club in 2006, has racked up nearly 250 Scarlets caps and remains positive going into the new season.

“It is always a huge honour to lead the Scarlets and a proud moment to pass the record held by such a Scarlets icon as Phil Bennett,” he said.

“I am fortunate to have a strong leadership group alongside me with a huge amount of experience in the game. The boys are excited about returning to rugby against Cardiff Blues next week and finishing this season on a high before getting stuck into the next campaign.”

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