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

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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.