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Welsh ruby hooker Ken Owens ruled out of Six Nations following back injury

Ken Owens has been ruled out of the Six Nations campaign for failing to recover from back injury.

The Welsh rugby player, 35 - who plays as a hooker for the Scarlets – injured his back in November last year and was released from the national squad.

At the time of the injury the Welsh Rugby issued a statement that read: "Ken Owens has been released from the national squad due to a back injury which will prevent him from taking any part in the Autumn Nations Series,"

Owen, who was named in the initial squad of Wales by head coach Wayne Pivac, was part of the line-up against New Zealand on 30th October before his injury led to him being withdrawn.

Ken, who’s recovery has been slow, is set to miss Wales’ entire Six Nations campaign.

The coach is already without his star captain, Alun Wyn, for the Championship.

News of Ken Owens missing the Six Nations championship is a big blow to the team.

According to Sportsmail the severity of his injury could mean that he’ll be ruled out for the rest of the 2021-2022 season.

Alongside Owens, multiple other players have had to sit out due to the injuries they sustained.

Jones will also be unlikely to take part in the Six Nations due to the shoulder injury he received against New Zealand. Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty are also recovering from shoulder injuries.

Key contender Justin Tipuric is still out over his shoulder as well as Geroge North and Leigh Halfpenny for their knees.

Ken Owens who has 82 Welsh caps and five for the lions up his sleeve was rumoured to captain Wales in the Six Nations had it not been for him having to sit it out.

As Wales have been hit hard due to Owens and Jones absence, Scarlets team-mate Ryan Elias will be taking over as hooker instead.

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