Michael Owen has been speaking of his 'delight' at being selected to lead the Lions against Argentina on his hom patch.
Newport Gwent Dragons No.8, Owen, who stepped in for the injured Gareth Thomas during the RBS Six Nations, has been rewarded for the leadership qualities that led Wales to the Grand Slam with the honour of leading the Lions in Cardiff on May 23rd.
He will deputise for tour captain Brian O'Driscoll, who is rested for the opening game of the tour against Bay of Plenty on June 4th, and has an early opportunity to stake his claim for a starting Test place.
Lions Coach Sir Clive Woodward said: "I spoke with Brian about the captaincy as he obviously will not play in every game. Like me, he was unanimous in backing Michael for the job. I think he took less than 0.1 seconds to accept the role as captain. He had an outstanding RBS Six Nations and reflects why Wales were so successful. It will be a special occasion for him to captain the British Lions in Cardiff. It's probably the best rugby stadium in the world at the moment."
Meanwhile 24-year-old Owen, capped 24 times, could not hide his delight at the prospect of leading the Lions at the ground where Wales clinched the Grand Slam just two months ago.
"I haven't stopped smiling since Clive asked me to be captain," he said. "The British Lions don't play home very often so for me to captain the side at the Millennium Stadium is brilliant. There's a real buzz around the squad at the moment and I think everyone is just desperate to get on with the rugby now and start the tour with a win. We want to set out a marker to show what this Lions squad is all about."
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WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
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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.