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."
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.