Owen takes a line-out
|Birth name||Michael Owen|
|Date of birth||7 November 1980|
|Place of birth||Pontypridd, Wales|
|Height||1.97 m (6 ft 5 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||109 kg (17.2 st)|
|University||University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales)|
|Rugby union career|
Michael Owen (born 7 November 1980 in Pontypridd), is a former Welsh international rugby union player, who most often played Number 8, but was also versatile enough to play flanker or even lock. His ball handling was arguably his greatest asset.
Having been educated at Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School in Beddau, Owen played for Pontypridd RFC from 1999 until in 2003 the side merged with Bridgend RFC to form the ill-fated Celtic Warriors and then played for the Newport Gwent Dragons in the Celtic League from 2003 until 2008.
Owen became the 1,000th player capped by Wales when he made his debut in the first Test against South Africa in June 2002.
He took over from the injured Gareth Thomas as Wales captain during the 2005 Six Nations, and became the 122nd Captain of his country when he led Wales out against Scotland and led Wales to its first Grand Slam in 27 years.
Owen was selected for the British and Irish Lions for their 2005 New Zealand tour. On 23 May in Cardiff, he had the honour of captaining the side for their match at Millennium Stadium against Argentina, the first Lions Test match to take place outside of the touring country. He temporarily returned home for the birth of his second child.