Mefin Davies will lead Principality Cup holders Pontypridd into the 2002/2003 season.
The 29-year-old hooker, who skippered Wales A last season, takes over from Dale McIntosh at Sardis Road.
And in a second important switch, former Ponty idol Nigel Bezanni will replace Gary Jones as team manager.
Former Welsh international Jones is stepping down for personal reasons after playing a vital role in steering the 'Valley Commandos' to their Principality Cup success last season and the final of the PARKER PEN SHIELD.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.