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Wales Hooker Ken Owens To Start At Number Eight This Weekend

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It is very rare to see extreme positional changes in rugby due to the specialised nature of each of the 15 starting slots, but such is the injury crisis in Scarlets, international hooker, Ken Owens is having to switch to number eight this coming weekend against the Dragons.

Owens has amassed 60 caps for Wales thus far, and has established himself as the country’s first choice hooker, but the 32-year-old will be deployed to the back-row this weekend as Wayne Pivac’s side battle an ongoing injury crisis.

The crisis has left Scarlets without eight back-row options including; James Davies, Will Boyde, Uzair Cassiem, Blade Thomson, Aaron Shingler, Lewis Rawlins, Steve Cummins and Josh Macleod, and Pivac will be hoping that Owens’ ball-carrying strengths can carry over and make an impact for his side in what will be his first professional appearance as a flanker.

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Scarlets have struggled so far this season and are going into this weekends Guinness PRO 14 game having lost their last five matches in a row.

Despite losing their last five, as well as eight of their last 10, Pivac is confident that the PRO 14 champions of two season’s ago can turn things around.

“We haven’t been too far off. We had 68% possession and 65% territory against the Blues so we did some good things. It’s more about the things that we can do to make sure we convert that pressure and time in the opposition’s 22 into points.” Pivac told Rugby Pass

“The focus for us this week has been on our pass accuracy and the separation between our ball carriers and runners. There were some positives out there and we’re focusing on that and tightening up in other areas.

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“Results are going all over the shop and we’re still one point off the play-offs. Other results have meant there’s everything to play for. We believe that by the end of the season if we can get our top side on the pitch then we’ll compete in this competition.

“We’ve got to accumulate enough points between now and then. This game against the Dragons on the weekend becomes vital in that quest. We believe we’ll turn it round and the boys are working very hard and haven’t lost sight of the end goal.”

Scarlets team to play Dragons [KO Saturday 5.15pm eir Sport/Premier Sports].

15. Johnny McNicholl; 14. Ioan Nicholas, 13. Jonathan Davies, 12. Hadleigh Parkes, 11. Paul Asquith; 10. Dan Jones, 9. Kieran Hardy; 1. Rob Evans, 2. Ryan Elias, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Josh Helps, 5. David Bulbring, 6. Ed Kennedy, 7. Dan Davis, 8. Ken Owens (capt)

Replacements: 16. Marc Jones, 17. Wyn Jones, 18. Werner Kruger, 19. Tom Price, 20. Tom Phillips, 21. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22. Steff Hughes, 23. Tom Prydie.

Author: Michael Corry

Sports Journalist born in Armagh, based in Dublin. Interested in feature writing and listening to unique, engaging stories. Up for the craic too. Email: michael@punditarena.com Twitter: @MickCorryPA Instagram: @Corry_10

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