Scarlets appoint Jonathan Davies as captain for 2021/22 season

Jonathan Davies has played 170 times for Scarlets
Jonathan Davies has played 170 times for Scarlets

Scarlets have confirmed that Wales and British and Irish Lions international Jonathan Davies will be leading the club in the 2021/22 season.

Davies will take over the captaincy from Ken Owens, who led them in record seven successive seasons.

The 33-year-old already had the experience of being the co-captain of the side along with Rob McCusker in 2013. Having made his professional rugby with Scarlets, Davies has featured 170 times for the club spread across two stints separated by an association with Clermont.

“It is a massive honour to be handed the Scarlets captaincy, you only have to look at the captain’s board to see so many great players and icons of the game who have led the club," he told the club's official website.

“I am fortunate that there will be a strong leadership group around me – British & Irish Lions and experienced Wales internationals who have enjoyed success at domestic and Test level.

"Those players also know there is a hard-working, driven group of youngsters pushing them for the jersey. There is a really exciting mix to the squad.”

He was also part of the Scarlets squad that clinched the Pro12 title for the first time in the 2016/17 season and is now looking to emulate the success.

“Winning the PRO12 title with the Scarlets four years ago remains one of the highlights of my career and there is a real ambition and hunger among the players and coaching group to reach those levels again.

“There has been a good buzz about pre-season, the boys have worked really hard and we’re all looking forward to the start of the new URC season in Edinburgh on Saturday."

Davies also has the experience of playing in 91 Tests for Wales since his international debut in 2009 apart from six matches for the British and Irish Lions that came during the 2013 and 2017 tours of Australia and New Zealand respectively.

“Jon is one of the most respected players in the game, someone with a huge amount of experience at all levels,” said Scarlets head coach Dwayne Peel

“He has been a leader amongst our group for a number of years now and certainly since I have been here his leadership qualities have been there for all to see, on and off the training field.

“Foxy is the ultimate professional – when he speaks people listen. The way he conducts himself is an example to every player in the squad.

“He has been a big part of this club for a long time; he has grown up in the region, played his junior rugby here and it is clear that wearing the Scarlets jersey means a huge amount to him.”