Planet Rugby

'Cannonball Ken' to captain Scarlets

20th August 2014 17:11

Share:

NATIONS UNION 478906363 Ken  Owens Celebrates

Honour: Ken Owens

Scarlets have confirmed that popular Wales international hooker Ken Owens will captain the region in the new season.

The 27-year-old, who has made 158 appearances for the West Wales region - joining the illustrious 150 club at last season's Heineken Cup draw against Clermont Auvergne, will lead the Scarlets in 2014-15.

Deputising for Owens will be 23-year-old international centre and Newcastle Emlyn born, Scott Williams.

The new-look captaincy pairing for the 2014-15 season further epitomises the region's deep-rooted ethos of nurturing and developing local talent.

Owens, who takes over the reins from back row forward Rob McCusker and British and Irish Lion Jonathan Davies - who has joined French giants Clermont Auvergne, has a wealth of experience on the regional and international stage.

"Ken is a well respected individual across the coaching and playing group and he's a mature young man who has all the attributes of being a great leader," said new head coach Wayne Pivac on naming Ken Owens and Scott Williams as captain and vice captain respectively.

"In the short time that I've been here with the Scarlets he has been a stand out character in terms of motivating the group and bringing all of the elements of our wider squad together.

"We have undertaken an exercise this week that sets out or team vision for the next three years and a set of values are not words on a wall - you have to honour those things on a daily basis.

"Both Ken and Scott, as captain and vice captain, will play a vitally important role within the squad and both, I feel, epitomise Scarlets rugby and our region - our people. We are a part of a passionate and loyal rugby community where rugby is everything. I am a great believer in locals taking the team forward.

"Both of these young men come from within the heart of this region and will die for the jersey and lead by example."

Speaking about the news Owens said it was an absolute honour to follow in the footsteps of Scarlets greats who've gone before him.

"It's a huge honour especially considering the people who've captained the region and great leaders I've played under since being at the region like Simon Easterby, Stephen Jones, Matthew Rees, Mark Jones and obviously Rob McCusker and Jon Davies over the last couple of seasons," said Owens.

"It's a massive opportunity for me and one I'm looking forward to. It's going to be a tough challenge but hopefully can move the region forward and get some success.

"Every captain is different, I think I'll have to see how it unfolds. I will try and lead from the front which is something I've always tried to do as a player.

"Scott knows what this place is all about. He's experienced and has been a huge player for us over the last couple of years. A captain never wins games, it's who you've got around you and you need that support structure.

"We'll continue to have a close relationship with the senior players group as we do now and having Rob in that senior players group, who's been captain for the last couple of years, supporting me is going to be great."

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 28
Bath vs HarlequinsBath vs Harlequins Preview
Saturday , November 29
Leicester Tigers vs Wasps15:00
Exeter vs Saracens16:30
Sunday , November 30
London Irish vs Gloucester13:00
London Welsh vs Northampton14:30
Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
International Match
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , November 28
Munster vs UlsterMunster vs Ulster Preview
Cardiff Blues vs TrevisoCardiff Blues vs Treviso Preview
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh15:00
Leinster vs Ospreys17:15
Connacht vs Scarlets19:30
Sunday , November 30
Glasgow Warriors vs Dragons16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Thursday , December 4
La Rochelle vs Exeter19:45
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , November 29
Toulon vs Clermont Auvergne14:45
Oyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles18:30
Lyon vs Montpellier18:30
La Rochelle vs Bayonne18:30
Castres vs Racing Metro Paris18:30
Toulouse vs Grenoble20:45
Sunday , November 30
Stade Francais vs Brive18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 23
Saracens 24 - 31 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Welsh 5 - 26 Leicester TigersLondon Welsh vs Leicester Tigers Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Georgia 35 - 24 JapanGeorgia vs Japan Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Treviso 24 - 24 LeinsterTreviso vs Leinster Report
Edinburgh 28 - 13 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 22
London Irish 23 - 33 BathLondon Irish vs Bath Report
Exeter 31 - 15 WaspsExeter vs Wasps Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Italy 6 - 22 South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Report
England 28 - 9 SamoaEngland vs Samoa Report
France 13 - 18 ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Report
Wales 16 - 34 New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Report
Scotland 37 - 12 TongaScotland vs Tonga Report
Ireland 26 - 23 AustraliaIreland vs Australia Report
Romania 18 - 9 CanadaRomania vs Canada Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , November 21
Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale SharksHarlequins vs Sale Sharks Report
Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 GloucesterNewcastle Falcons vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Fiji 20 - 14 USAFiji vs USA Report
More International Match results
Guinness PRO12
Dragons 12 - 38 MunsterDragons vs Munster Report
Ulster 25 - 16 OspreysUlster vs Ospreys Report
Connacht 43 - 3 ZebreConnacht vs Zebre Report
Scarlets 19 - 9 Glasgow WarriorsScarlets vs Glasgow Warriors Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , November 16
Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 SaracensLeicester Tigers vs Saracens Report
Wasps 71 - 7 London WelshWasps vs London Welsh Report
More Aviva Premiership results
International Match
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
More International Match results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , November 15
Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London IrishSale Sharks vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Northampton830
2Exeter828
3Bath828
4Saracens825
5Leicester Tigers821