All Black hardman Tom Willis has told his Dragons team-mates: Follow my lead.
Willis was handed the captain's armband by Paul Turner within three months of signing on from Waikato Chiefs.
And the Kiwi hooker has warned his team-mates he will set high standards this season.
Willis, 29, said: "I want to change and improve things here. Paul told me that the captaincy would be a possibility when I signed.
"I am happy to take on the responsibility because we've got some good young players who needed guidance. We need to act professionally and believe that this is a strong environment we're creating."
Willis' first assignment as Dragons skipper pits him against Glasgow Warriors as the new Magners League season kicks-off on Friday night.
And the five-cap New Zealand star is well aware he must produce stand-out performances to impress the Rodney Parade faithful.
Willis said: "My main job is to lead by example on the field and make the other players follow. I've played under great captains before like former All Black captain Anton Oliver and that was his way.
"Actions speak louder than words and the results on the field is the most important part. "We must look to improve in every game and if we get our performances right, then I've no doubts the results will follow."
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.