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 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
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.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.