Wallabies half-back Will Genia is set to replace James Horwill as captain of the Queensland Reds.
The 22-year-old, an 11-Test veteran and previous vice-captain, will be the youngest player to lead a Queensland state side since 21-year-old Mark Loane 35 years ago.
Wallabies lock Horwill has been ruled out with a season-ending knee injury sustained during the Reds' 41-20 rout of Crusaders on Friday.
Horwill was also 22 when he was appointed captain two years ago but is 10 months older than Genia, who admits he was surprised to be chosen for the role.
"It's an honour and a privilege to be named captain of the Queensland Reds for this season," said Genia.
"I was told I was going to be vice-captain a couple of weeks before the season started and even then I thought someone else would have got the nod as captain before I did, so definitely surprised.
"I've got a lot of older guys and older heads to support me and I know they will do that."
Genia will make his first outing as skipper in Super 14 action against Blues in Brisbane next weekend.