Michael Owen is enjoying one of the busiest periods of his rugby life – with the Heineken Cup play-off game against Calvisano at the heart of it.
He played four games in 11 days in a frantic end to the season for the Dragons, then on Friday he will be a key man for the Rodney Parade team as they try to secure a place in the Heineken Cup for next season before flying off to Australia to join the Wales squad.
He will arrive early next weekend and is almost certain to feature in both Test matches over successive weekends against Australia.
“Four games in 11 days has been difficult, but I am feeling all right now and we have a big game on Friday night which is a must win for us and then going on the tour to Australia so I am looking forward to finishing the season off with a bang,” said the Wales Grand Slam winning captain.
“It is quite good at times to have those big games. I am looking forward to playing that game for the Dragons, winning that and then getting on the plane.”
The Dragons qualified for the play-off game at Rodney Parade after finishing above Connacht in the Magners League. Calvisano were the third ranked Italian club.
The Welsh team go into the game after a much-needed 10 day break following the busy end to the season.
“I am feeling brilliant at the moment. Not being involved in international rugby has probably done me some good after being involved constantly and now being able to rest up a little bit,” said Owen.
“I am a bit fresher and have got the conditioning right so I am feeling good and confident so hopefully I will do really well.
“All the scores on my fitness tests I am getting personal bests so it has made a massive difference to me and probably been a blessing in disguise not being involved in the Six Nations.
“It is like starting again almost. You have a setback like being left out of the Six Nations, but then you work hard and hopefully I can get my place back.
“I am really excited about it, I cannot wait to show what I am capable of.”