Lewsey new WRU Head of Rugby

Josh Lewsey, who won the Rugby World Cup playing for England, has been named the new Head of Rugby for Wales. The former London Wasps full back and wing retired in 2009. He could have played for Wales as his mother is originally from south Wales.

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Gatland 'looking forward' to working with Lewsey

Warren Gatland previously worked with Josh Lewsey at London Wasps Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales Head Coach, Warren Gatland, says he's looking forward to working with Josh Lewsey in his new role.

Gatland said: "I know Josh well from his playing days at Wasps and he is a determined and focuses individual who will bring immense passion, energy and rugby knowledge to the role.

"Josh will understand the strategies and procedures we have put in place at a senior national level and he will play a pivotal role in ensuring the whole of Welsh rugby operates in a joined up structure."

Lewsey 'fully aware' of responsibility of new role

I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to play a pivotal role in ensuring the strength and wellbeing of the national sport of Wales.

Everyone involved in rugby knows how passionate the whole of Wales is about the sport so i am fully aware of the huge responsibility I am accepting.

This is a challenge and an opportunity I am determined to seize with total commitment and I promise everyone in Wales I will give my all to the task ahead.

– Josh Lewsey, new WRU Head of Rugby

Lewsey will join the Executive Board of the WRU, taking operational and strategic management of the rugby in Wales outside of Warren Gatland's senior squad.

We are delighted to have been able to secure someone of the calibre of Josh as our new Head of Rugby.

He is passionate about the game and undoubtedly has the experience and determination to make a huge and positive difference for Welsh rugby. We carried out a thorough search of the available candidates and Josh won through from an extremely strong group of final candidates.

He joins us at a time when the international game in Wales is extremely successful and he knows we are determined to cascade that strength throughout the whole of Welsh rugby.

– Roger Lewis, WRU chief executive

Josh Lewsey appointed new WRU Head of Rugby

Josh Lewsey will take up his new role later this year Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Former England International and British and Irish Lion Josh Lewsey has been named as Wales' new Head of Rugby.

The ex-full back and wing spent the majority of his 19-year career playing for London Wasps before retiring in 2009.

The 36 year old qualified to play for Wales as his mother is originally from Cwmllynfell in south Wales.

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