Allan Alaalatoa will become the first full-time prop captain in ACT Brumbies history when he is unveiled as the leader of a new era on Tuesday morning.
Alaalatoa will replace Christian Lealiifano as the club's skipper, with coach Dan McKellar putting a five-man leadership to offer extra support to the first-year captain.
The 25-year-old will take the reins for the first time on Thursday night when the Brumbies play the Melbourne Rebels in a trial match in Albury.
It will be their only warm-up game before taking on the Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium in round one on January 31.
The matches will mark a new beginning for the Brumbies, who are going into 2020 without some of their most experienced players.
Former captains Lealiifano, David Pocock and Sam Carter left Canberra at the end of last season, while Rory Arnold and Josh Mann-Rea were also part of the player changeover.
Those five players alone represent almost 500 games of experience the Brumbies will be without when they start their 2020 campaign next week.
"We'll back our young guys in. We're backing them because they're ready to go," McKellar said.
"The Brumbies have always relished the underdog tag. We'll go about our work nice and quietly in Canberra."
Alaalatoa is the man who has been given the job of trying to blend together new and old for a changing of the guard.
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He will be supported by vice captains Lachlan McCaffrey, Tom Cusack and Joe Powell, while Scott Sio and Tom Banks are in an extended leadership group.
"We've lost some quality leaders, but that provides opportunity for boys to step up into those new roles," Alaalatoa said last month.
"It's going to be an exciting year for the Brumbies as a whole. Some will get a taste of Super Rugby, some will become leaders."
Alaalatoa was elevated to a Wallabies vice-captaincy role two years ago and is the reigning Brett Robinson Award winner as the Brumbies' best of 2019.
The challenge will be trying to juggle arguably the toughest position on the field - tighthead prop - and the captaincy responsibilities on and off it.
McKellar's extended leadership group is designed to make sure at least one of those players is on the field at all times, with McCaffrey, Cusack or Powell looming as the most likely to takeover late in games given Alaalatoa's workload.
It's unusual for a tighthead prop to play 80 minutes in a game and even more unlikely Alaalatoa would be able to cope with that workload in every game of the season.
The Brumbies have had front-row leaders before, with Stephen Moore taking the job in previous years and Ewen McKenzie doing the same in the early seasons of Super Rugby.
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January 23: ACT Brumbies v Melbourne Rebels at Greenfield Park, Albury. Game one at 3.45pm, game two at 6.15pm.
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January 31: ACT Brumbies v Queensland Reds at Canberra Stadium, 7.15pm.