Gareth Delve has turned down the chance to join Toulon to extend his stay in Australia with Melbourne Rebels.
The Wales No.8 had been expected to switch to the Top 14 but the Australian Rugby Union have given the Rebels special dispensation to hang onto their captain for one more season.
"I am thrilled to sign on for another year," said the 29-year-old, the first Welshman to captain a Super Rugby outfit.
"I believe this club is moving in the right direction and now I can continue to be a part of that.
"There was always an element of risk associated with the move, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Melbourne.
"From a rugby perspective, playing against the world's best week in and week out has been great for the development of my game.
"It was always going to be a massive challenge, but I am very happy I came to Australia to play in this competition.
"On a personal note, I am thrilled to be staying in Melbourne, I have become very attached to this city over the past two years and it certainly feels like home now."
Delve, who was born in Cardiff, has previously enjoyed stints at Bath and Gloucester. He was part of the 2008 Grand Slam and joined the Wales squad for the three-Test tour of Australia following Toby Faletau's injury.
He did not add to his 11 Welsh caps but featured in the mid-week victory over ACT Brumbies.
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.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.