David Young has taken over as Cardiff head coach after Rudy Joubert quit the top job at the Arms Park.
Joubert, who still had a year of his two-year contract to run, is returning
to South Africa to get involved in the Super 12 with an eye on the Springbok
coaching job in three years time.
Young, the former Wales captain and prop, who takes over with immediate
effect, said: "I am delighted to be appointed as the new head coach. I have
had the opportunity to spend the last year assisting Rudy with the coaching
of the team and am looking forward to the challenges ahead."
Joubert's departure - "a great opportunity has arisen for me to be part of the Super 12" - came on the same day Wales' cap record holder fly half Neil Jenkins returned to Pontypridd.
"We wish Rudy every success in his ambitions, he has been a great asset to
Cardiff in his year with the club," said Cardiff Chief Executive Robert
"He has set a platform, in the development of both players and coaches, and, although it has happened sooner than planned, we can go forward from here."
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.