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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 March, 2005, 18:22 GMT
Owen handed Wales captain's role
Michael Owen
Michael Owen will become the 122nd Wales captain when he leads the side out against Scotland on 13 March.

The number eight takes over from Gareth Thomas, who has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations with injury.

Owen, 24, took the skipper's role in the second half of last Saturday's win in France after Thomas broke his thumb.

Said coach Mike Ruddock: "He proved himself in that game when the chips were down and we have always known he was a Wales captain of the future."

Owen inherits an side high on confidence after a 100% start to this season's Six Nations campaign.

And the 22-capped Dragons player believes leading the side will be straightforward because of the leadership quality in the squad.

There are plenty of leaders in this side who will all make the job easy
Wales captain Michael Owen

"Obviously to be asked to captain your country is a fantastic honour, but it's taking a while to sink in with me at the moment," he said.

"It will be a pretty surreal experience to be honest, to lead the team out in such a massive game and I can't really imagine what I will be feeling at this stage.

"Both my parents where chuffed to bits when I told them and I know I just have to follow Alfie's (Gareth Thomas) lead and be myself.

"He is a unique character and so there is no way I can recreate his style of captaincy but the key thing I have learnt from him is that you need to be yourself to get it right.

¿There are plenty of leaders in this side who will all make the job easy and it could really have been any one of a number of players who could have got the nod.

"It's a great time to be the Wales captain, but we all know we only got to the stage were we have started to win a few games through a lot of hard work and determination over a number of years.

"We must continue in the same way going forward."


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