The Dragons have announced that full-back Lee Byrne will captain the squad in the upcoming Guinness PRO12, replacing Andrew Coombs.
Byrne, who joined Rodney Parade from Clermont in the off-season, said "it is probably one of the best pieces of news that I have ever had."
"Throughout my rugby career I have had both highs and lows, and this for me is right up there in the highs," he told the Dragons' website.
"Becoming captain of the Dragons will be a massive challenge for me, but now it's time for us to make sure that we deliver as a team. We have been given the best of everything this season, including the squad, coaches and the new training facility.
"I want to lead by example and I hope that the youngsters can learn from my attitude and the experience that I have gained through my international career and through playing in France."
Director of rugby, Lyn Jones added: "Lee's ability as a player is outstanding; he has great leadership skills and has a lot of experience behind him."
"Andrew Coombs captained the side very well last season, but I feel that this is a season that I need apply change throughout which will also allow Andrew to focus on his international career."