Colin Charvis insists he is tough enough to handle one of the hardest jobs in world rugby - captain of Wales.
The controversial backrower has completed a remarkable comeback from a national figure of hate to captain of Wales in the space of seven months.
It was a surprise choice given that Charvis was voted the second most hated man in Wales - even ahead of Saddam Hussein - and allegedly received death threats after the shock defeat to Italy last February.
But thick skinned Charvis reckons his public savaging has hardened him up as Wales prepare to head down under for the World Cup.
"You grown into roles and the captaincy is a role I have learned a lot about," said Charvis.
"I've seen both sides of being Welsh captain. In fact I've seen the good and bad sides of a lot of things, including the publicity.
"I just had to take the criticism that was directed my way last time on the chin, I wasn't going to let it stop me. All I ever concentrated on was getting back into the team.
"Things are sure to be different this time because things always change and I am learning all the time. I don't want to be stagnant, I want to keep developing both as a player and captain."
Charvis and the rest of the Wales squad fly out today for hot weather
Meanwhile previous favourite for the job, Martyn Williams, revealed he wants to lead Wales again - perhaps even at the 2007 World Cup.
Flanker Williams ruled himself out of the captaincy because of family pressures of balancing the job with helping look after an eight-month old baby girl.
The British Lion has been criticised by some for turning his back on the honour but he insists that he does want the job when the time is right.
"I would never right it off and if I was ever offered the chance again when I felt that the time is right then I would jump at the chance, but I just felt that Colin was the best man for the job this time around," he said.
"It was a tough decision because it is such an honour to be asked."
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