Peter O'Mahony has been deservedly named as Munster's new captain for the 2013/14 season.
The Ireland international replaces recently retired Doug Howlett as the skipper at Thomond Park, capping a remarkable 2013 for the back row.
O'Mahony was chosen as Ireland's captain for their summer tour of north America after Rory Best was called up to the British and Irish Lions squad.
The 23-year-old had previously captained Munster in Paul O'Connell's absence during the 2011/12 campaign and Rob Penney has made the appointment with one eye on the future.
O'Mahony looks set to be the next great leader at the two-time Heineken Cup champions after Howlett's retirement, while O'Connell is in the twilight of his career.
With the 33-year-old set to continue alongside O'Mahony, the 85-time capped Ireland international will be a beacon of experience for the new Munster captain - and help him overcome the initial pitfalls associated with the role.
Who better to learn from than O'Connell? The Munster lock has always led from the front for both club and country over the past decade.
It also shows Penney's continued faith in the younger members of his squad as the New Zealander looks to build on a positive first season at Thomond Park.
"Peter is a naturally gifted leader and is still very young but has a lot of the attributes that are special and intrinsic to Munster," said Penney.
"He will grow in to being a special leader of this group of men. I have spoken to players including Paul O'Connell who was extremely supportive of Pete's appointment.
"We went through a process last year to appoint Dougie via the players and this year Peter's name was to the forefront of that list so taking all that information on board it was a no brainer that Pete would be appointed."