Matthew Rees will captain Wales for the Invesco Perpetual Series 2010 opener against Australia at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday 6 November.
Rees, the Scarlets captain who has 39 caps to his name, will take over the captains’ arm band from the injury hit Ryan Jones. He will become the 128th player to captain Wales.
Jones injured his calf muscle during the Ospreys’ match against Glasgow last weekend and has been ruled out of the game against the Wallabies. He will be re-assessed after the match to see if he will be able to play any part in the Autumn internationals.
Rees said: “It’s obviously a huge honour to captain your country and it’s something that probably won’t really sink in until we get to match-day.
“To lead the side out at the Millennium Stadium against a side of the strength and stature of Australia is just an amazing thought.
“I hope to be able to take it all in my stride and as a squad we are certainly looking to perform against the Wallabies and come away with the right result to kick-off our Autumn campaign, and this Rugby World Cup season, in the right way.”
Meanwhile, a scan has revealed that Blues wing Leigh Halfpenny has damaged a ligament in his ankle, and will be on the sidelines for three to four weeks. Dragons’ Aled Brew replaces Halfpenny in Warren Gatland’s squad.