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Former Watford Grammar School for Boys pupil and England World Cup winner Josh Lewsey appointed Wales head of rugby
Former Watford Grammar School for Boys pupil Josh Lewsey has been appointed as the new head of rugby for Wales, the Welsh Rugby Union has announced.
The 36-year-old England World Cup winner, who retired in 2009 after winning 55 caps and making three Test appearances for the British and Irish Lions, will begin his new role at the end of September.
Joining the executive board of the WRU, Lewsey will take on operational and strategic management of the whole 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," said Lewsey, who lived in Chipperfield, played for Fullerians minis and also turned out for the Watford’s clubs Vets side in the past two years.
"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.
"A key driver for me is to balance the focus between the elite and community games in a way that establishes a long-term sustainable platform for rugby in Wales."
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