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."
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.