Matthew Rees has vowed to lead from the front when he captains Wales in their opening autumn Test match against Australia next week.
But the Scarlets hooker will skipper an injury-hit team after Wales' casualty count climbed on Tuesday with the loss of two more British and Irish Lions. Last season's captain Ryan Jones will miss the Wallabies clash with a torn calf muscle, while Leigh Halfpenny joins fellow back Lee Byrne on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.
"To be honest, it hasn't sunk in yet. I am sure it will take a few days," said Rees of his appointment. "I think captaining the Scarlets has brought me on as a player, and I am looking forward to the job in hand. The most important thing is leading up-front, being quite vocal on the pitch and taking control of situations. I hope to be able to take it all in my stride."
Wales boss Warren Gatland has so far not summoned a replacement for injured back-row forwards Jones and Rob McCusker, although there is speculation that Wasps number eight Andy Powell could be called up sooner, rather than later.
Wales have only claimed one Tri Nations scalp from nine attempts during Gatland's coaching reign.
And chances of improving that sequence at Australia's expense are now clearly not as good as they might have been with Byrne, Jones and Halfpenny all absent.
Rees though, will be more concerned with those players alongside him on Saturday week after gaining Gatland's vote above other potential captaincy candidates such as lock Alun-Wyn Jones, fly-half Stephen Jones and flanker Martyn Williams.
Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins has no doubt about 29-year-old Rees' suitability for the role.
"He has developed into an awesome player for Wales and the Lions," said Jenkins."This is a fantastic achievement for him, and fully deserved.
"If he plays like he normally does, he will be fine."