Cardiff Blues director of rugby Dai Young has confirmed Paul Tito will retain the captaincy this season.
Tito took over the role from fellow New Zealander Xavier Rush in 2008 having previously skippered Taranaki, Hurricanes, New Zealand Under-21s and the NZ Maoris.
Last season the powerful second row helped guide the Blues to success in the Amlin Challenge Cup.
And Young is confident Tito can continue to inspire the side for the new campaign.
Young, told the region's official site: "Paul has done an excellent job for us as squad captain over the last two seasons which have been very successful ones for the Blues.
"Nobody should underestimate how much work goes into the role of captaincy not only on the pitch but more so off it.
"He has been a crucial link between the players and the rugby management and provides great input into the rugby matters.
"Paul has proved to be a great leader on the pitch and has the respect and full backing of all the squad."