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 Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
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'.