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.
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.