(born 7 November 1980 in Pontypridd
), was educated at Bryn Celynnog
Comprehensive school in Beddau
and was a Welsh rugby union
player. He played for Saracens
at club level and Wales
internationally, having previously represented Newport Gwent Dragons
in the Magners League
. Owen, who is 6'5" and 242 lb (1.96 m, 111 kg), most often played Number 8
, but was also versatile enough to play flanker
or even lock
. His ball handling were arguably his greatest asset.
In July 2010, Owen announced his retirement from the game at 29 due to a persistent knee problem. He is studying business at the University of Hertfordshire, on a two year course.
In March 2010 he began coaching at Hertford RFC, helping them to gain National 2 league status in April 2011.
Owen became the 1,000th player capped by Wales when he made his debut in the first Test against South Africa in June 2002.
He temporarily took over from the injured Gareth Thomas
as Wales captain during the 2005 Six Nations
, and became the 122nd Captain of his country when he led Wales out against Scotland and served in the position as Wales won its first Grand Slam
in 27 years.
Owen received a call-up to the British and Irish Lions
for their 2005 New Zealand tour
. On 23 May in Cardiff
, he had the honour of captaining the side for their match at Millennium Stadium
, as tour captain Brian O'Driscoll
was rested. He temporarily returned home for... Read More