Former Wales captain Matthew Rees has been named Cardiff Blues captain for the forthcoming season.
The hooker, who won the last of his 58 Test caps in this year's Six Nations, takes on the honour having moved to the Welsh capital from the Llanelli-based Scarlets this summer. He succeeds Andries Pretorius who remains part of the region's leadership team that will also include vice captain Gavin Evans and Sam Warburton, Bradley Davies, Macauley Cook and Rhys Patchell.
Cardiff Blues' director of Rugby Phil Davies said: "We have picked a core group of players to head up our Regional Leadership Team with Matthew Rees appointed as captain. Any of the players can step up and they have been given specific areas to work on.
"Matthew will face stiff competition for his starting place with Rhys Williams, Marc Breeze and Kristian Dacey all performing well for us last year, however, he is a player that understands the standards that I expect of the squad.
"We selected the captain a bit differently last year but this year I know a bit more about the players so it made things easier. I have known Matthew for a long time and he is a great leader."
"I canvassed opinion from all around regarding the appointment and it was greeted with enthusiasm. He obviously has a lot of experience at regional and international level but what I like about him also is his hunger to do well. He's made the move from the Scarlets to the Blues this summer and still has the hunger for the game and to play international rugby."