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.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.