Wales coach Steve Hansen has announced that the back row forward, who has led his country 10 times and made two Test appearances for the 2001 Lions, will be captain of the 30-man squad.
Flanker Martyn Williams, hooker Robin McBryde, outside half Stephen Jones and wing Gareth Thomas will be the squad vice-captains.
'I have got the best of both worlds,' said Hansen. 'The team have one person to look at for leadership and a clear direction about who is captain. And I have got the four vice-captains to share his duties, both on and off the field.
'Colin Charvis is a man of great rugby quality, he wants it and feels comfortable doing it. He is one of the most experienced members of the squad and in a campaign like the World Cup we want the most experienced person doing the job.
'He is a world class player, his leadership qualities were outstanding in South Africa and everyone is behind him.'
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.