Chris Dicomidis leads a strong Pontypridd side against Tata Steel
Pontypridd face an away trip to Championship side Tata Steel on Saturday as they look to maintain their impressive recent form.
The Sardis Road club are well used to making their Cup progress at away venues - they came through a daunting trip to Llanelli in the last round with a 14-22 victory.
The opposition this time around may be from a lower division, but will offer as stern a test of character and ability in their own right.
Dale McIntosh's side go into the tie with two new injury absentees amongst the squad. Tight head prop Keiron Jenkins suffered a recurrence of a chest muscle tear in the away league match at Bridgend last weekend whilst flanker Rhys Shellard has returned from Wales Sevens duties with a slight achilles strain.
Making a welcome return from international duties, with the Sevens and under 20s squads respectively, are centre Adam Thomas and prop Bradley Thyer.
Amongst a number of changes made to the team that won at Bridgend are the centre pairing of Dafydd Lockyer and Gary Williams and the half back partnership of Simon Humberstone and Gareth James. Youngsters Jack Dando at hooker and Jordan Sieniawski at lock are given their opportunities amongst the pack.
Pontypridd: 15 Gareth Wyatt 14 Chris Clayton 13 Dafydd Lockyer 12 Gary Williams 11 Owen Williams 10 Simon Humberstone 9 Gareth James, 1 Scott Roberts 2 Jack Dando 3 Bradley Thyer 4 Jordan Sieniawski 5 Chris Dicomidis (c) 6 Ed Siggery 7 Tom Hetherington 8 Dan Godfrey.
Replacements: Carl Thomas, Dai Flanagan, Adam Thomas, Darran Harris, Owen Sheppeard, Craig Locke, Chris Phillips, Stuart Williams.
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.
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The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
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Bridgend Ravens continued their remarkable form against Premiership champions Pontypridd with four wins in five matches throughout 2015 after securing a 14-8 victory at Sardis Road in a Foster's Challenge Cup clash.