The Welsh Rugby Union has made two key new appointments as it gears up for the new season and beyond.
Group Chief Executive David Moffett has taken on board the former Wales captain Paul Thorburn as his 'Special Projects Manager' and recruited Liz Jones as the Union's 'Communications Manager'. Both Thorburn and Jones will take up their new positions next month.
"I'm delighted to have recruited these two very talented Welsh people to add an even greater degree of professionalism to our team at WRU headquarters," said Mr Moffett.
"Paul has vast managerial experience and will play a key role in helping us to prepare for, and make the most of, our involvement in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played a central role in the administration of the 1999 tournament as 'Tournament Director' when Wales was the host nation.
"In addition, he will be able to fall back on his time as both captain and player for Wales as we seek to make the most of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the WRU in season 2005/2006.
"Liz will take up a new post of 'Communications Manager' and brings with her a wealth of experience of working in professional rugby during her five years at Westgate Sports Agency. Not only has she worked very closely with the Union in that time, but she had a season as the Press Officer at one of Wales's leading clubs, spent three years in France working with their 'Top 16' teams on Heineken Cup and Parker Pen Challenge Cup matters and speaks four languages, including Welsh.
"She will become the first port of call for all media queries regarding the WRU and will be responsible for both internal and external communications."
Born 24/11/62 in Rheindalen, Germany and educated at Hereford Cathedral School and Swansea University.
Won 37 caps - 36 as full back and one as a replacement wing - and captained Wales 10 times.
Debut v France at Parc des Princes, Paris, 1985 (aged 22), and last match for v Australia at Brisbane, 1991 (aged 29).
Scored a Welsh record 304 points for Wales - before Neil Jenkins overtook him - and set a Five Nations record of 52 points in the 1986 campaign.
Captained captained Neath from 1987-88 to 1991-92.
Tournament Director for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and currently a Senior Consultant with Pegge Thomas, a recruitment company specialising in management roles.
Born 5/4/76 in Ystrad Mynach and educated at Lewis Girls School and Cardiff University.
Degree in Italian and French and also able to speak English and Welsh.
Worked at Westgate Sports Agency for five years, working on rugby accounts that included the WRU, ERC, Newport Rugby and Celtic League.