The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) board is to be revamped after head of rugby Josh Lewsey steps down in January.
The England 2003 World Cup-winner's role will be scrapped as the WRU instead seeks a rugby performance chief and a head of rugby participation.
Responsibility for professional and semi-professional rugby will fall to the head of rugby performance.
The head of rugby participation will look after the sport's amateur, women's and junior branches.
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"The 'head of rugby performance' role principally needs to be the glue that joins our professional and semi-professional game together," WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips said.
"It has become clear to me that the community game needs a voice at the executive board table.
"Critical to the long term health of rugby will be our ability to listen to and work with a passionate club base in Wales."