Ken Owens named in Guinness PRO14 dream team

23 May 2019

Scarlets captain Ken Owens has been named in the official Guinness PRO14 dream team for 2018-19.

Hooker Owens is the lone Scarlet included, with Johnny McNicholl, the region's other nominee, unlucky to miss out on the wing.

The dream team was revealed on Premier Sports and eir sport after a media vote determined the best performing players from the current campaign.

In total, 11 clubs are represented in a XV where competition in the voting was incredibly close, and only a handful of positions were selected with a clear majority.

Edinburgh, Munster, Connacht and Ulster were the only teams with more than one player in the Dream Team which includes the Guinness players’ player of the season – Bill Mata of Edinburgh.

Rabz Maxwane of the Toyota Cheetahs is another award winner included, the Toyota Cheetahs winger scored a record-equalling 14 tries in the PRO14 season – nine of them scored away from home – and was voted in as the left wing.

Only three players from last season’s team have been selected with the second row pairing of former Scarlets forward Tadhg Beirne (Munster) and Scott Vardy (Leinster) getting the nod, while John Cooney’s impressive performances at Ulster have kept him in the No. 9 shirt.