A TOP former Welsh international has been appointed to oversee rugby development in North Wales.
Ex-Scarlets captain Rupert Moon was unveiled as the new WRU General Manager for the North Wales Development Region.
The 44 year old, who won 24 caps for Wales, will oversee staffing and management of the game across the region as well as assist Conwy County Borough Council in joint initiatives.
The former scrum half brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously enjoyed success as the Head of Group Commercial and Business Development for the WRU and Commercial Director for The Scarlets, and said he was looking forward to playing his part in an “important chapter in the history of North Wales rugby”.
He said: “There is no doubt that the region is a hotbed of the game in Wales and the WRU is working hard to harness that enthusiasm in order to grow and further integrate the game in the north.
“I have lots of ideas of how I want to see rugby grow in the north and I am also fully aware of the tremendous amount of work which has already been carried out by the WRU, NWRUC and Conwy council.
“We have a great facility at Eirias, a powerful WRU structure in place, a solid North Wales Academy, confirmed international age grade fixtures at U20s level for the next three years at least and RGC 1404 embarking on a future of league rugby with all the potential that offers.”
Mr Moon was unveiled alongside RGC Head Coach Chris Horsman and WRU North Wales Rugby Manager Damian McGrath at Eirias Park, which will also host Wales under 20s six nations matches for the next three years as well as providing a base for the RGC 1404 development side, which will play in Division One East this season.