Former England international Josh Lewsey was presented as Wales's new Head of Rugby this morning. Dean Thomas reports.
Josh Lewsey told ITV News said it was an "honour" to be named as Head of Rugby and he is looking forward to the new role.
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."
– Josh Lewsey, new WRU Head of Rugby
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.
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.
– Roger Lewis, WRU chief executive
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.
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.