Llandovery travel to Rodney Parade looking to keep the pressure on Bedwas at the top of the table
Newport welcome Llandovery to Rodney Parade on Saturday hoping to put a bad end to 2012 behind them.
The Black and Ambers have not won in their last five and haven't crossed the white wash in three matches so they will be hoping 2013 brings an improvement in form.
Not so long ago, Newport won five matches on the trot and then put in an excellent performance at Rodney Parade against Newcastle Falcons in the British & Irish Cup. But things have worsened since then and their only recent positive result was a low-scoring draw with Cardiff before Christmas.
Things can only get better for them but Saturday's opposition is provided by the Drovers who are having their best ever Premiership season and have already beaten the Black & Ambers at Llandovery.
They will be looking to secure the double for the second season running though Newport still lead the head-to-head record with 12 league wins to the Drovers seven.
Newport are still suffering with a number of injury problems but are able to welcome back Ross Coombs who has recovered from a knee operation. The Black & Ambers also have the services of old favourite Mike Poole (48 tries from 104 appearances) and Phil Sargent. (on permit from Bedwas)
Llandovery have fallen to fourth, their 12-3 slip up to Carmarthen Quins the shock result of the Christmas period.
They will be desperate to bounce back on Saturday as they look to get back towards the top of the table.
Meanwhile, the recent wet weather has claimed its first victim of 2013 with Cardiff's trip to Swansea postponed due to the weather.
The Welsh Rugby Union has signed a new four year deal with specialist equipment supplier Rhino Rugby, which is set to benefit both the grass roots game in Wales and the national squad in equal measure.
We watch the new grass growing and being stitched together in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We speak to Millennium Stadium groundsman Lee Evans, Wales great Ieuan Evans gives an overview on the new strategy announced by head of rugby Josh Lewsey, while we also hear from Bedwas, Aberavon and Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Premiership.
Wales assistant coach Rob Howley was welcomed with open arms by the staff and players at Crymych recently when he hosted a training session in memory of former club captain and coach, Glyndwr Richards.
We hear about the WRU's annual report and some exciting new plans for schools and clubs round Wales in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. WRU finance director Steve Phillips explains the money side, while head of rugby Josh Lewsey explains his new strategy for schools and clubs. We also get reaction from all round Wales.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts Wales assistant coach Rob Howley, WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey and representatives of grassroots clubs in Wales who helped finalise the policy. We also hear from WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema, plus Llanelli and Cardiff in the Principality Premiership.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Wales, Racing Metro and Lions centre Jamie Roberts took time out of his club commitments to raise the profile of the campaign launch held at Pontyclun Rugby Club.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a nationwide education programme, to help all involved in the game to recognise and remove' players with concussion. Interview with WRU National Medical Manager Prav Mathema.
The WRU's Women and Girls legacy events - #TRY OUR GAME have proved popular this week with current players and newcomers to the game learning new skills and picking up tips from national squad players.
We caught up with Shona and Ellie from the Wales women team ahead of the start of the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris next month at a recent women's training session to encourage and promote more women and girls to try their hand at rugby. #tryourgame
We hear from the Wales camps in South Africa and New Zealand, as well as the EGM, in this week's principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. Defence coach Shaun Edwards and forwards coach Robin McBryde look ahead to the Springboks, Angus O'Brien and Mark Taylor look back at heartbreak for Wales Under 20s, while group chief executive Roger Lewis and chairman David Pickering face the Welsh press after being vindicated at the EGM.
Newport are certainly having an indifferent season so far and having gone close in a number of matches they have only two league wins to their name as they prepare to face Neath tomorrow afternoon (KO 1.30pm)
This time last year Ospreys prop Nicky Smith was playing in the Principality Premiership with Swansea. He chats to WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie and explains why the Premiership is so important in developing our stars of the future.
Developing the game in Wales and creating a stable and progressive environment for players of the future
Taking the grass roots game out across the length and breadth of the nation, the SWALEC Leagues are the focus of the community rugby in Wales
The SWALEC Cup, Plate and Bowl continue the legacy of the WRU Challenge Cup, culminating in a shot at glory at the Millennium Stadium
Women's Community Rugby embraces both the regional and community club game from Girls' Leagues through to the Women's Premier Division