Owen takes over the captain's armband from Gareth Thomas, who returned to club duty in France with Toulouse, just as he did during Wales triumphant RBS Six Nations. But this time he must lift the Grand Slam champions their eight-game winning streak wash brought to a halt by New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium.
"After a defeat like that I just want to get back out there and exorcise the demons from last week" said Owen. "It will not be hard to lead the team tomorrow night because all the players are desperate to get out there and put things right.
"We were one per cent off in everything we did and against New Zealand you just can't afford to do that. Some of the guys coming in have big points to prove."
Owen is one of only four survivors from the 41-3 loss to start against face Fiji with Shane Williams, Brent Cockbain and Kevin Morgan also kept in. Among the 11 new faces is British Lion scrum-half Gareth Cooper who was surprisingly left on the bench by coach Mike Ruddock last week despite the absence of Dwayne Peel.
"I hadn't played that much rugby because of an ankle problem after the Lions but now I feel good," said Cooper. "Just like every player I want to hold onto my place and I've got the chance to press my case to play Australia and South Africa later this month.
"But first we must concentrate on Fiji and sort out what went wrong against the All Blacks. Fiji are a dangerous side who are naturally athletic and you cannot give them space. If you miss your first tackles and give them time they will burn any team in world rugby."
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series