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."
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.
Dodgy tattoos, carthorses, Avatar and soft chins are revealed by Wales Sevens players Tom Williams and Sam Cross as they profile the Wales Sevens squad taking part in Hong Kong this weekend in the latest round of the HSBC Sevens World Series.