Former Wales captain and British Lions star Michael Owen has been appointed head coach of Hertfordshire Rugby Football Union.
He will be responsible for the Herts County Championship team as they once again compete in the highest tier of England’s oldest rugby competition – The Bill Beaumont Cup.
Owen is best known for captaining his country to their first Grand Slam in 27 years in 2005, as well as skippering the Lions on a number of occasions.
The 34-year-old former Saracens Number 8 retired in 2010 due to a knee injury before joining Hertford Rugby Club as a coach.
He has since qualified as a PE teacher and has taken up the post of director of rugby at independent school Haileybury.
Owen said: “Coaching is something I am extremely passionate about and being invited to take on the coaching role for Hertfordshire is an exciting challenge for me.”
Hertfordshire RFU president Mark Elliott added: “We are delighted to welcome Michael as our new first XV coach and look forward to a successful campaign in the Bill Beaumont Cup in May.”
Also commenting on the appointment, Herts RFU chairman of representative rugby David Roberts said: “It’s great to have someone of Michael’s ability and experience as our senior coach.
“We look forward to working with him in not only coaching the senior side but also having him involved in developing all our playing squads. Welcome to Herts!”