Wales Rugby: Lewsey handed Wales role

Josh Lewsey new head rugby for Wales

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Former England and London Wasps full-back Josh Lewsey has been unveiled as the new head of rugby for Wales.

The former Bristol centre has been put in charge of the operational and strategic management of the game in Wales, from community to elite level, outside the senior international squad.

“I’m delighted to have been offered this opportunity to play a pivotal role in ensuring the strength and well-being of the national sport of Wales,” Lewsey said.

“Everyone involved in rugby knows how passionate the whole of Wales is about the sport so I’m fully aware of the huge responsibility I’m accepting.

“This is a challenge and an opportunity I’ll approach with total commitment and I promise everyone in Wales I’ll give my all to the task ahead.”

Lewsey retired from playing in 2009 after spending 11 years with Wasps and making 186 appearances during an illustrious club career.

The 36-year-old was capped 55 times by England and played a crucial role in the side that triumphed in the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

The Bromley-born man also received three caps for the British & Irish Lions in 2005 and was part of the Six Nations Grand Slam winning side in 2003.

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