Former international referee Robert Yeman will take over from Clive Norling as the Welsh Rugby Union's director of match officials.
The 48-year-old, Taibach-based Yeman will take up his new appointment this summer.
Yeman began his refereeing career as a teenager with the Aberavon and District Society in 1974 and quickly graduated through the ranks. He was appointed to the WRU list of referees in 1978, joined the first-class list in 1981and was elevated to the international exchange list in 1986.
In 1992 he became part of the three-man Welsh international panel and took charge of his first Test at Lansdowne Road in 1993 when Ireland hosted Romania. A year later he refereed the Welsh Cup final and went down under to control his second Test between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland.
With the 1995 World Cup beckoning, Yeman had the misfortune to sustain an injury prior to the Ireland v France Five Nations match which brought an end to his on field career.
Having been forced to hang up his whistle prematurely, Yeman remained heavily involved with rugby and between 1996-2001 he took up the role of helping to develop potential International Panel Referees. This in turn led to him being named as an IRB 'A' Panel Advisor and being invited to become one of eight advisors to the Rugby World Cup referees later this year.
Vice chairman of the Welsh Society of Rugby Union Referees between 1999-2002, Yeman has also been closely involved with the appointment of Welsh referees for European and domestic matches in the past three years.
WRU group general manager Steve Lewis said:
"Robert is an outstanding referee, with a breadth and depth of experience in Welsh Rugby that it would be difficult to parallel and we are all looking forward to working with him to the future good of the game."
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.