Ken Owens rugby player
Ken Owens rugby player

Ken Owens

3rd Jan 1987 1.83m/97kg Hooker

A steady throwing hooker with the ability to pop up with spectacular tries, Owens began his career at one of the Scarlets subsidiary clubs, Carmarthen Athletic RFC.

Owens’ good performances for Carmarthen and UWIC, where he played during his university studies propelled him into the Scarlets first team- where he made his debut against the Glasgow Warriors in the 2005-2006 Magners League season.

Owens’ was afforded much more game time during the 2009-2010 season as the Scarlets incumbent hooker, Matthew Rees, was given a lengthy break after playing in the previous summers Lions tour.

Owens’ form was such that he was selected for the Welsh 2011 World Cup squad, where he made his debut off the bench against Namibia. Owens was selected Wales' world cup squad where he will fight it it out with Scott Baldwin for the hooker jersey.

His first start for Wales came five years ago in the 2012 Six Nations Campaign against England at Twickenham in which Wales secured the Triple Crown, on their way to the Grand Slam.

The hooker has 45 caps to date as he enters the 6 Nations championship in a powerful Wales front row. Scarlets captain Owens has committed his future to the club. 30-year-old Owens made his first app for the region 11 tears ago. Owens is a rarity in modern professional rugby only representing Scarlets and has made over 200 appearances to date.

In 2017, Owens was rewarded with a British & Irish Lions place after a stellar 6 Nations. It will be the hooker's 1st tour after 50 Welsh caps.

Owens came off the bench in all 3 of the Lions tests against the All Blacks.

He made 2 other appearances for Wales in 2017 and was named in the Wales 2018 6 Nations squad.

As of the 2018/2019 Champions Cup, Owens has had 51 European Cups appearances scoring 3 tries and 15 points.

Owens heads into the 2018 November International with 57 test caps.

Ahead of the 2019 Six Nations, Owens has had 30 previous 6 Nations appearances.

In September 2019, after 243 appearances over 13 seasons for Scarlets, he was named the club's captain for the sixth successive season.


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