Veteran Wales and Lions hooker Ken Owens has landed himself a very special position at the Scarlets, becoming the first-ever players’ representative on the board at the Guinness PRO14 club.  

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Fresh from making his 250th appearance for Scarlets, a rare feat in regional rugby in Wales as only Scarlets prop Phil John (298) and Cardiff Blues front-rower Taufa’ao Filise (255) have played more, the Llanelli club have asked Owens, 33, to add another layer of responsibility to his influence at Parc Y Scarlets. 

A club statement read: “As the Scarlets move forward as an organisation, we feel it is crucial that the players have a voice and a vote in the decision-making process.”

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New Scarlets executive chairman Simon Muderack added: “We have always had a strong relationship with our players and having a player as part of our board will only strengthen that bond.

“We have a mantra of ‘one team, one club’, and inviting a player to have a say in our decision-making is a big part of that.

“Covid has brought the Scarlets even closer together as a family – the region, community, supporters, staff and players. It is important that we maintain transparency and honesty in how we move forward and that there is also a common purpose with everyone sharing the same values.

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“The players have bought into this and decided that Ken would represent them on the board. He has already attended meetings and will have a vote on behalf of the squad.”

Chuffed to be invited ‘upstairs’, Owens added: “It is great that the Scarlets have recognised that the players should have a voice and also a vote in the decisions that ultimately affect them. I’m looking forward to working together with the board for the good of the Scarlets and the region.”

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