Wales captain Ken Owens says now’s the time for him and his teammates to revive some pleasure


After a outstanding week during which he was each Wales captain and Wales rugby powerbroker, it was no shock that Ken Owens seemed drained on the eve of the England conflict.

“Don’t fear about me,” Owens stated in a hoarse voice. ‘I’m tremendous.’

The 36-year-old admitted the previous seven days have been probably the most outstanding interval of his lengthy profession after he and his Welsh gamers threatened to go on strike for the England recreation earlier than a sequence of contractual disputes with their Welsh rugby bosses had been agreed .

“Hopefully we’ll by no means be on this state of affairs once more,” Owens stated. “The largest constructive we are able to take from all of that is how united the gamers have been and the way strongly we have now supported one another.

“Numerous us senior gamers in Welsh rugby have been by this earlier than.

Ken Owens admitted the times main as much as Saturday’s England recreation had been probably the most outstanding of his lengthy profession

“It actually stimulated us and that exhibits within the unity of the actions taken.”

After a tumultuous interval of what have to be one of many biggest crises ever seen in Welsh rugby, Owens and his workforce should now someway flip their consideration to the motion on the pitch.

Warren Gatland’s facet took a beating from Eire and Scotland within the first two rounds of the Six Nations after which the specter of a strike fully overshadowed the run-up to the England recreation. “We’re in all probability dissatisfied that it’s come to this, however as gamers we needed to do it as a result of there’s a lot uncertainty concerned,” Owens stated.

“But it surely was put to mattress on Wednesday and what’s carried out is finished. Now we have now to focus on the rugby.’

Wales players are in talks with the country's governing body, the WRU, led by general manager Nigel Walker

Wales gamers are in talks with the nation’s governing physique, the WRU, led by common supervisor Nigel Walker

The players find themselves in a cacophony of noise in Cardiff on Saturday night after a tumultuous week

The gamers discover themselves in a cacophony of noise in Cardiff on Saturday night time after a tumultuous week

Wales flanker Justin Tipuric sat out Friday’s captain’s run session to handle his coaching load, however will nonetheless begin towards England.

“We’d like a win to place the pleasure again within the shirt after two defeats,” stated Owens, who revealed he agreed together with his Gatland head coach that earlier successes in Wales had lined up the cracks of the nation’s earlier rugby troubles . “It tries to finish this saga on a constructive be aware.

“We’ve had a whole lot of disaster in Welsh rugby at varied factors during the last 10 or 12 years and it’s nearly been the nationwide facet that has stepped as much as cowl them.

“If the nationwide workforce hadn’t received, this in all probability would have come to a head a lot sooner.”