Wales hooker Ken Owens will play in a different position this weekend

Wales and British and Irish Lions hooker Ken Owens will lead injury-hit Scarlets from number eight when they host Dragons in the Pro14 on Saturday.

Owens, capped 60 times for Wales and twice for the Lions at hooker, will wear the No. 8 jersey in Saturday’s Guinness PRO14 clash with the Dragons in a radical move by Wayne Pivac to plug the holes in his depleted side.

Scarlets back-row absentees include Wales’ James Davies and Aaron Shingler as well as Will Boyde, Blade Thomson, Josh Macleod and Uzair Cassiem.

Scarlets also recall Dan Jones at 10 as Hadleigh Parkes moves to centre.

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