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.
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