Dennis John has been appointed as the new coach of First Division club Llanharan.
The former Wales A coach took up the reins last week as players returned for training after the summer break.
His appointment has been greeted with huge optimism by all those connected with the club, helping to erase the memory of a losing streak lasting 11 games at the end of last season.
Club chairman Len Price said: "Dennis is without doubt one of the top Welsh rugby coaches of the past decade, ranking alongside Mike Ruddock and Gareth Jenkins.
"He will bring to the club a totally professional approach, developing the undoubted talent we already have within the club.
"Dennis is extremely well respected throughout the game and I am sure his appointment will encourage many players throughout the area looking to develop their rugby careers."
Llanharan, who open their league campaign at home to Blackwood on August 31, also hope to name a new forwards' coach this week.
WRU International Skills Coach Jason Strange is a busy man, combining the new role with that of Wales Under 20 attack coach, Ebbw Vale head coach and continuing to teach at Ebbw Fawr Learning Community.
Warren Gatland and Sam Warburton look ahead to this week's crunch RBS 6 Nations tie against France, where the Wales skipper in particular is keen to make his mark, as Paris has proved a bleak place for him in the past.
Following their historic win over England, Wales Under 20 suffered a narrow, 36-34 loss to their Scottish counterparts last weekend, despite outscoring them by five tries to three. Watch the match highlights and reaction.
WRU TV go behind the scenes with the Wales squad as they put the final touches in place ahead of the clash against Scotland at Murrayfield. Follow the squad on their captain's run, the kickers visit to Murrayfield and Neil Jenkins' press conference