Sam Warburton will captain Wales at the 2011 World Cup but veteran back row forward Martyn Williams misses out on the chance to win his 100th cap in the tournament.
Coach Warren Gatland revealed the 30-man squad to travel to New Zealand and confirmed that Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton, 22, takes over the armband from hooker Matthew Rees, who was ruled out after surgery on a neck injury.
The Welsh squad contains one uncapped player, Scarlets hooker Ken Owens who received a late call-up to replace ankle injury victim Richard Hibbard.
Hibbard was hurt during Saturday’s World Cup warm-up victory over Argentina in his comeback match after shoulder surgery.
As expected, there are few surprises in the squad, although Cardiff Blues flanker Williams, who won his 99th cap on Saturday, was denied the chance to play in a fourth World Cup.
Gatland has opted for a split of 16 forwards and 14 backs, with Sale Sharks’ Andy Powell gaining one of the back-row slots, while scrum-half prospects Tavis Knoyle and Lloyd Williams also gain opportunities.
Scarlets wing George North, at 19, is the youngest player chosen, with Gatland also selecting two 20-year-olds in Scarlets centre Scott Williams and Newport Gwent Dragons number eight Toby Faletau.
Rees, Hibbard, centre Gavin Henson and wing Morgan Stoddart were all unavailable for selection due to injuries, but prop Gethin Jenkins makes the cut despite ongoing concerns about a calf muscle problem, who has sidelined him since January.
As well as Williams, other players overlooked by Gatland include scrum-half Dwayne Peel, who captained Wales in their first game of the 2007 World Cup, and back-row forwards Josh Turnbull, Jonathan Thomas, Gareth Delve and Justin Tipuric.
Wales kick off their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Wellington on September 11, followed by other pool stage appointments with Samoa, Namibia and Fiji.
The Wales squad for the World Cup (September 9-October 23) announced on Monday:
Forwards (16): Gethin Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), Lloyd Burns (Newport Gwent Dragons), Huw Bennett (Ospreys), Ryan Bevington (Ospreys), Adam Jones (Ospreys), Paul James (Ospreys), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Craig Mitchell (Exeter), Bradley Davies (Cardiff Blues), Sam Warburton (captain, Cardiff Blues), Luke Charteris (Newport Gwent Dragons), Danny Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), Toby Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), Ryan Jones (Ospreys), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Andy Powell (Sale Sharks).
Backs (14): Michael Phillips (Bayonne), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues), Tavis Knoyle (Scarlets), Jamie Roberts (Cardiff Blues), James Hook (Perpignan), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Stephen Jones (Scarlets), Rhys Priestland (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Leigh Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), Lee Byrne (Clermont Auvergne), Aled Brew (Newport Gwent Dragons), Shane Williams (Ospreys), George North (Scarlets).