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Owens backs Wales to ‘raise eyebrows’ at Planet Cup


Mar 18, 2023

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

Wales won just after throughout the Championship and open their Planet Cup campaign against Fiji in Bordeaux on September eight.

Warren Gatland returned as head coach for the annual tournament 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 after allegations of a “toxic culture” at the governing physique with claims of sexism, racism and homophobia created by former personnel.

Final month, a player strike more than contract difficulties was cancelled just days just before a loss to England.

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

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

“The far more time we devote collectively, the far better we get.

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

Owens turned 36 in January and was 1 nine players aged 30 or more than in Wales’ side throughout the loss to Planet Cup hosts France.

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

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

Owens was absent for a education camp in Good final week as he returned to Wales for the birth of his second kid.

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

“I’ll be back with the family members tomorrow and hopefully (Scarlets head coach) Dwayne Peel offers me a good week off to get pleasure from with the family members,” he added.


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