Exiles seeking another Ponty test ahead of Premiership campaign
Justin Burnell has chosen 'The House of Pain' at Sardis Road on Saturday to give his London Welsh players their last chance to stake a claim for a place in the opening Aviva Premiership fixture against Exeter Chiefs.
Principality Premiership and Swalec Cup winners Ponty gave the Exiles a torrid time when they met in the British & Irish Cup last season, when Burnell's side were in the Championship.
Ponty won 29-22 at Sardis Road and then went down 26-23 at the Kassam Stadium. The Welsh side then won the Pool and went all the way to the semi-finals before losing on try count to eventual champions Leinster A in a 22-22 thriller.
"We know how good a team Ponty are. It will be a huge challenge and they'll be out to take our scalp, especially having been promoted, and we're going to have to be on top form," admitted Burnell.
"It's the last chance everyone's got to put a marker down to be in the team against Exeter on the opening weekend. It's also another opportunity to tweak things and try things, and improve on our skills, and to go in to the Premiership season on a high."
Both teams will be looking to strike back after losses last weekend, Pontypridd going down 35-14 at Llandovery and London Welsh 38-24 against Wasps at Adams Park.
Exiles wing Nick Scott, who has twice helped the club gain promotion into the Premiership, can't wait for another match-up with Ponty after last season's B&I Cup classic clashes.
"I'm really looking forward to going back - the atmosphere down there last time was incredible," added Scott.
"They're a good team, especially at home. It will be another game where we can gage where we are at from last week, and really push on to Exeter."
The game kicks-off at 2.30pm on Saturday at Sardis Road.
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The last five years have been an emotional rollercoaster on and off the pitch for RGC1404. Promotion to the Principality Premiership was the culmination of five years of hard work and investment in North Wales. WRU TV caught up with prop Joe Simpson, who was one of the first intake of WRU North Wales Academy players in 2010.
Ebbw Vale captain Damien Hudd picked up the biggest accolade of the night at the 11th Principality Premiership Awards Evening held at Principality Stadium, after leading his side to the title for the first time.
Wales U20 captain Tom Phillips and performance psychologist Dr Rich Neil explain why spending three days at Monmouth RFC has further strengthened the togetherness of the squad ahead of the #WorldRugbyU20s
Merthyr were officially crowned champions of the SSE SWALEC Championship at Dowlais on Saturday where captain Andy Powell paid tribute to his side who have earned promotion to the Principality Premiership
WRU chief executive Martyn Phillips hosted the second meeting of the WRU Youth Board last weekend ahead of the Judgement Day IV regional double-header. Tthe board, made up of 15 under-21-year-olds from around Wales, heard presentations from head of participation Ryan Jones, policy and integrity manager Jeremy Rogers and national women's rugby manager Caroline Spanton, with Pro Rugby Wales CEO Mark Davies also on hand to hear the range of views aired.
Skipper Nathan Huish believes it was pure self belief from his side which saw Bedlinog snatch victory from Penallta in the SSE SWALEC Plate final at Principality Stadium, as WRU TV's Liz Jones discovers.
Gareth Llewellyn believes Neath's summer recruitment campaign will allow them to climb out of the Principality Premiership basement in the new season and compete for a place in the top eight after their worst season on record.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances