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Owens backs Wales to ‘raise eyebrows’ at Globe Cup


Mar 18, 2023

Wales captain Ken Owens pointed out on Saturday his side will “raise some eyebrows” at this year’s Rugby Globe Cup regardless of finishing fifth in the Six Nations.

Wales won just as quickly as in the course of the Championship and open their Globe Cup campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux on September eight.

Warren Gatland returned as head coach for the annual tournament just just after Wayne Pivac’s sacking in December and walked into a quagmire of off-field wrangles.

In January, the chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) Steve Phillips resigned just just after allegations of a “toxic culture” at the governing physique with claims of sexism, racism and homophobia designed by former employees.

Final month, a player strike much more than contract challenges was cancelled just days ahead of a loss to England.

Earlier on Saturday, the WRU announced their specialist sides could lastly give new contracts to players just just after months of discussion.

“I was proud of the players’ efforts all campaign,” Owens told reporters just just after a 41-28 loss to France.

“The further time we devote with every single other, the enhanced we get.

“We will raise some eyebrows at the Globe Cup,” he added.

Owens turned 36 in January and was a single nine players aged 30 or much more than in Wales’ side in the course of the loss to Globe Cup hosts France.

“Personally and for a lot of the boys it possibly is going to be our final Six Nations game, it is got to come at some point,” Owens pointed out.

“We spoke about displaying character and getting a special occasion for Taulupe Faletau’s 100th and Dillon Lewis’ 50th,” he added.

Owens was absent for a coaching camp in Very good final week as he returned to Wales for the birth of his second youngster.

“It is been an fascinating week. I had to leave the boys on Tuesday evening, to fly back. I didn’t train significantly this week,” he added.

“I’ll be back with the household tomorrow and hopefully (Scarlets head coach) Dwayne Peel delivers me a very good week off to take pleasure in with the household,” he added.


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