Ken Owens

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Ken Owens
Ken Owens. Wales Grand Slam Celebration, Senedd 19 March 2012.jpg
Birth nameKenneth James Owens
Date of birth (1987-01-03) 3 January 1987 (age 33)
Place of birthCarmarthen, Wales
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight110 kg (240 lb; 17 st 5 lb)
SchoolYsgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Llanelli RFC
Carmarthen Quins
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006– Scarlets 183 (65)
Correct as of 15 April 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Wales U19
British and Irish Lions
Correct as of 10:26, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

Kenneth James Owens (born 3 January 1987)[1][2] is a Welsh rugby union player who plays as a hooker for the Scarlets and Wales.[3]

Early life[edit]

Owens attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin, and is a fluent Welsh speaker.[4] He began his career at Carmarthen Athletic RFC before moving to UWIC RFC when he began studying at the university in 2005.

Club career[edit]

Owens made his Scarlets debut towards the end of the 2005–06 season in a match against the Glasgow Warriors. He left UWIC and began playing his club rugby for Llanelli RFC. In 2006–07, Owens made 47 appearances for the Scarlets, and scored his first try in a Celtic League match against Border Reivers. However, in 2007–08, Owens suffered a knee injury, and Samoan hooker Mahonri Schwalger was recruited on a short-term contract as his temporary replacement.[5]

On 11 March 2013, Owens signed his third professional contract and committed himself to the Scarlets for a further two years.[6]

On 5 January 2019, Owens was selected to play at Number 8 against Dragons as injury cover.[7]

International career[edit]

In May 2010, before he had received his first international cap for Wales, Owens was called up to the Barbarians squad, his first match coming against England.[8] This experience helped him score the Magners League 2009–10 try of the season for the Scarlets and improving his line-out throwing statistics.[citation needed]

On 15 February 2010, Owens was called up to the Wales squad for the 2010 Six Nations due to injury to hookers Matthew Rees and Gareth Williams.[9] In June 2011, he was called up to Wales' 45-man training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, following injury to Richard Hibbard.[10] He made his debut for Wales in their third pool match at the tournament on 26 September 2011, coming on as a second-half replacement in an 81–7 win over Namibia.

In the 2012 Six Nations, Owens was involved in all five games as Wales claimed the Grand Slam.[11]

Owens was selected for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Wales' 31-man squad and came off the bench in the 23–19 quarter final loss against South Africa.

Owens' 50th test was a 20–18 loss to France in the 2017 Six Nations Championship, in which he played the entire game, including the 20 minutes of injury time at the end of the second half. Owens was subsequently selected for the British and Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand. Owens played six matches on the tour, captaining the side in their 22–16 defeat to the Blues in Auckland, and coming off the bench in two of the three test matches against New Zealand. He played 13 minutes of the first test, a 30–15 loss, and 11 minutes of the third test, in which he was penalised for being accidentally offside in the dying minutes; referee Romain Poite originally awarded a penalty that would have given the All Blacks the chance to win the game, but he overturned his decision on review and awarded a scrum instead, and both the match and the series finished as draws.

Personal life[edit]

On 5 August 2019, Owens was inducted into the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llanrwst.[12] He will use the name "Cen y Siryf" (Welsh: Ken the Sheriff), in reference to his nickname.


  1. ^ The Squad: Ken Owens Archived 16 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Scarlets website. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  2. ^ Wales Senior Player Archive: Ken Owens, Welsh Rugby Union website. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
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  4. ^ Pembrokeshire Herald
  5. ^ "New signing". 16 January 2008. Retrieved 13 February 2008.[dead link]
  6. ^ "BBC Sport - Wales hooker Ken Owens commits his future to the Scarlets". 11 March 2013. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  7. ^ "BBC Sport - Pro14: Scarlets 22-13 Dragons". 5 January 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Uncapped Welsh hooker Ken Owens wins Barbarians call", BBC Sport, 27 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Wales call for Owens". BBC News. 17 February 2010. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Wales 2011 rugby world cup training squad". BBC News. 4 June 2011. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  11. ^ "Ken OWENS - International appearance for Wales. - Wales". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  12. ^ "National Eisteddfod: Stars to be honoured by Gorsedd". BBC News. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.