Former England World Cup-winning back Josh Lewsey has been appointed as the new Head of Rugby for Wales.
Lewsey will take charge of all rugby in Wales from outside of the national side down to community level, running all operational and strategic management of the national game.
Lewsey replaces Joe Lydon in the role, who joined the RFU earlier this year.
The former London Wasps star has Welsh ancestry through his mother, but won 55 caps playing for England in a glittering career and enjoyed plenty of success at club level, at one stage playing under current Wales boss Warren Gatland.
After working in the city following his retirement in 2009, Lewsey has been acting CEO of Cornish Pirates since March.
"I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity to play a pivotal role in ensuring the strength and wellbeing of the national sport of Wales," said Lewsey.
"Everyone involved in rugby knows how passionate the whole of Wales is about the sport so I am fully aware of the huge responsibility I am accepting.
"This a challenge and an opportunity I am determined to cease with total commitment and I promise everyone in Wales I will give my all to the task ahead.
"A key driver for me is to balance the focus between the elite and community games in a way which establishes a long term sustainable platform for rugby in Wales."
"I look forward to working with Josh in his new role as Head of Rugby for the Welsh Rugby Union," added Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland.
"I know Josh well from his playing days at Wasps and he is a determined and focused individual who will bring immense passion, energy and rugby knowledge to the role.
"Josh will understand the strategies and procedures we have put in place at a senior national level and he will play a pivotal role in ensuring the whole of Welsh rugby operates in a joined up structure."
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis added: "We are delighted to have been able to secure someone of the calibre of Josh as our new Head of Rugby."
"He is passionate about the game and undoubtedly has the experience and determination to make a huge and positive difference for Welsh rugby. We carried out a thorough search of the available candidates and Josh won through from an extremely strong group of final candidates.
"He joins us at a time when the international game in Wales is extremely successful and he knows we are determined to cascade that strength throughout the whole of Welsh rugby.
"Josh is particularly committed to making a significant difference within grassroots rugby across Wales, both within clubs and schools. He has
experience driving initiatives within the community game which will be a clear advantage in his new role.
"Our goal is to continue to build and develop the strength of the elite game and focus hard on making Welsh rugby a sport everyone wants to participate in either as a player, official, volunteer or fan at all levels.
"We have built a strong team of rugby staff and have clear goals based on our rolling five-year financial strategy so Josh will have a roadmap to follow in the months and years ahead.
"I know he will bring his own vision and goals to the role and that is an exciting prospect for the whole of Welsh rugby."