Glanmor Griffiths was tonight (Thursday, 1 August) reappointed as chairman of the Welsh Rugby Union general committee. It will be his sixth term of office.
The former Wales captain and team manager David Pickering, a National Representative on the general committee, becomes vice-chairman in place of the now retired Les Williams.
Mr Griffiths followed Vernon Pugh into the chair in September, 1997. Mr Pugh, who is now chairman of the International Rugby Board,was the Union's inaugural chairman, a post he held for four years.
At last month's Annual General Meeting, Mr Griffiths was appointed as the Union's Honorary Treasurer for a 19th term. He is also chairman of Millennium Stadium plc.
"The next 12 months are vital for the future of Welsh rugby. The clubs have given the go-ahead for huge changes in the way in which our game is run and governed and I intend to drive this process forward to ensure there is as seamless a transition as possible," said Mr Griffiths.
"We are working hard on the finances of both the Union and the Millennium Stadium, while on the field Steve Hansen and his coaching team have a World Cup in their sights.
"It all adds up to an incredibly important period in the history of Wales'national sport, especially as we will be nominating our new Group Chief Executive in the autumn, and I look forward to meeting all the challenges that lie ahead next season."
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.
Wales U20 may start as favourites against Japan this evening in the U20 Championship, but Team Manager Mark Taylor is warning against complacency. He is also hoping a good win will boost morale and 'kickstart' performances.