The Swansea hooker was a key player in the 2001 World Cup, scoring a try against Australia in the 3rd/4th place final. His mobility around the pitch has cemented his place in the starting XV this season for the Welsh U19s.
Coach Dai Rees said:"Huw has been the backbone of the squad. He has been capped at U16 and U18 level for England and we are very lucky that he chose his fatherland. During the autumn internationals, Huw was very supportive of captain Ioan before his injury and Huw is the natural successor."
The Welsh Youth U19s are seeded 3rd after Australia's withdrawal in favour of development tours. In their opening match, the young dragons take on Georgia. If successful, Wales will face the winner of Argentina v Japan on 24 March. Wales are likely to challenge France in the semi-final on 27 March with the tournament concluding 30 March.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference