Former British Lions & England star Josh Lewsey who stepped down as Chief Executive of the Cornish Pirates earlier this week has been named as the Welsh RFU's Head of Rugby, working alongside Head Coach Warren Gatland.
The 36-year-old, who retired in 2009 after winning 55 caps and making three Test appearances for the British and Irish Lions, will begin his new role at the end of September.
Lewsey said: "I'm delighted to have been offered this opportunity to play a pivotal role in ensuring the strength and well-being of the national sport of Wales. "
The former England rugby player Josh Lewsey has been talking publicly for the first time about his new role as the Cornish Pirates' Chief Executive.
Pirates fans will be hoping his distinguished playing career, which saw him win fifty five caps over ten years, rubs off on their side's fortunes.
Jeff Welch reports:
In last night's rugby, the Cornish Pirates suffered defeat at the hands of the Rotherham Titans at Clifton Lane.
The result leaves the Pirates 6th in the table, 13 points off the play off places.
The away side were outscored 7 tries to 3, with scrum half Tom Kessel scoring a brace for the Pirates.
Bad weather is taking its toll on the weekend's rugby and football fixtures.
Cornish Pirates game at Rotherham tomorrow has been postponed until Sunday at 2pm because of heavy snowfall in the area.
There will be a pitch inspection at Clifton Lane at 9am tomorrow to determine whether it will go ahead on Sunday afternoon.
Josh Lewsey has been appointed to the dual roles of Acting Chief Executive and Performance Director for the Cornish Pirates.
The former British Lion and World Cup winner with England will join the club from next month until September as a part-time consultant.
Following a pitch inspection this afternoon, Friday evening's match between Newcastle Falcons and Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship is now officially off.
The rescheduled match will take place on the weekend 22 - 24 February, though the precise date and time has yet to be decided.
The Cornish Pirates have been beaten at Carmarthen in the British and Irish Cup.
Alex Cheesman and Rob Elloway scored a try apiece for the Pirates.
Cornish Pirates v Bristol - GAME ON
Cornish Pirates' crunch championship home game with Bristol goes ahead following a pitch inspection this morning.
Both teams will be aiming to be one of the top four sides who will contest the promotion play-offs.
The Pirates are currently sixth and Bristol fourth, with just three league points separating the teams. Kick-off at 2pm. Click here for more details
The cross-Tamar rugby derby between Plymouth Albion and the Cornish Pirates at Brickfields saw the visitors complete a season double over their hosts in foul conditions.
Matthias Kurth's report also features an interview with Pirates' captain Gavin Cattle:
The Cornish Pirates have been beaten by Bedford in tonight's Championship clash.
The hosts scored two late tries, with 22 points coming from the boot of Jake Sharp.
Keiron Hallett kicked two penalties in reply for the Pirates.