Pontypridd-born Michael Owen was educated at Bryn Celynnog
Comprehensive school in Beddau and was a Welsh rugby union
He played for Pontypridd and Saracens at club level and Wales internationally, having previously represented Newport Gwent Dragons in the Magners League.
Owen most often played Number 8, but was also versatile enough to play flanker or even lock. His ball handling was arguably his greatest asset.
In July 2010, Owen announced his retirement from the game at 29 due to a persistent knee problem. Following his retirement, Michael gained a business and sports degree from the University of Hertfordshire.
In March 2010 he began coaching at Hertford RFC, helping them to gain National 2 league status in April 2011.
Michael was also a commentator for ITV's coverage of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.