Chris Martenko has come out of retirement to help out Ponty's depleted second row ranks.
Pontypridd face an away trip to the surprise package team of the Premiership so far this season - Llandovery. (KO 2:30pm).
Llandovery currently occupy third position in the league table, one above Pontypridd with both teams having won four and lost one of their competitive fixtures.
Ponty completed a comprehensive treble over Llandovery last season in the Premiership and British & Irish Cup, and also registered a big home win by 62-14 in a pre-season friendly on August 27th. Those results now seem marginal as the Drovers have got off to a solid start to their league campaign, not least with an impressive home win over current leaders Neath last time out.
Pontypridd have their injury problems to contend with as they travel west to Church Bank, particularly so in the second row department where both Ryan Savage and Craig Locke are sidelined, with club skipper Chris Dicomidis also absent on international duty with Cyprus.
Stepping into the breach as cover is former Ponty lock Chris Martenko who has come out of retirement to answer the ultimate call of duty.
Making their comeback from injury to claim a place in the starting line up are prop Pat Palmer and flanker Jake Thomas, the latter to make his first appearance since a summer shoulder operation.
Pontypridd 15.Gareth Wyatt. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Adam Thomas. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.James Howe. 2.Tom Hetherington. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Jordan Sieniawski. 5.Cory Hill. 6.Jake Thomas. 7.Calum Thomas. 8.Dan Godfrey.
Replacements: Garyn Lucas; Lewis K Williams; Dafydd Lockyer; Huw Dowden; Wayne O'Connor; Chris Martenko; Ken Knaggs.
Principality Stadium will host the UEFA Champions League Final in six weeks' time. WRU chairman Gareth Davies, Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford and Ambassador Ian Rush joined young sports fans at the trophy arrival at the venue to celebrate the magnitude of the event on Saturday 3rd June (kick-off 19.45).
British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is looking forward to bringing together players from Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for the biggest challenge of their careers - a series against world champions, New Zealand.
For the fifth year running, Wales referee Nigel Owens will be in charge of proceedings at Judgement Day V at Principality Stadium. It promises to be 'extra special' for the Wales' favourite ref, as he will be making his 150th appearance in the league.
There will be no shortage of inside knowledge from Bowl Finalists Caerphilly and Amman United when they face each other on Sunday at National Finals Day. Caerphilly hooker Rhys Cleverly knows the Principality Stadium pitch better than most as a matchday groundsman, while Amman United can look to Wales' record try scorer Shane Williams for some helpful advice.
Two hundred and 40 teams competed in the inaugural Urdd WRU 7s held at Pencoed last week with Welsh internationals Steff Andrews and Jasmine Joyce impressed with the talent on display, as was Urdd chief executive, Sioned Hughes.
The countdown is on for Judgement Day V as tickets for the big day at Principality Stadium soar through the 50,000 mark. Players and coaches alike are bursting at the seams to play in the double header with Dragons coach Kingsley Jones claiming there is a 'real buzz' about the event.
WRU TV went behind the scenes when the four regions got together to test their skill set for the BBC's Scrum V Live rugby show, at the WRU National Centre of Excellene in the build up to Judgement Day V. Blues' Matthew Morgan was one of the stars of the show while the Dragons' Cory Hill proved a surprise package...the full set of results will be revealed on tv screens on matchday
Wales assistant coach Richie Pugh is confident his side can cause a few headaches in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend. In a tough group, Wales kick off their campaign against New Zealand on Friday before playing Japan and Fiji, who are chasing their third consecutive Hong Kong title, on Saturday.
Bedwas had to overcome a stubborn Carmarthen Quins side before winning the Foster's Challenge Cup final in Bridgend with a 23-18 victory. Bedwas captain Nicky Griffiths pays tribute to his side who have claimed the club's first piece of silverware in the modern era.
Team coach Brett Davey is aiming to keep his unbeaten run in cup finals at Principality Stadium intact when his side take on Amman United in the WRU Bowl final, after he guided Caerphilly to a 20-14 win against Cilfynydd in the semi-finals.
Penallta are hoping to go one step further than last season when falling to Bedlinog in the WRU Plate Final. After a titanic struggle against Nant Conwy, they have given themselves a great chance, after a hard fought 18-13 semi-final victory.