Pontypridd will play hosts to Newport in a Premiership tie on Saturday, the game at Sardis Road kicking off at 2:30pm.
Ponty will be eager to make the most of home advantage against Gwent opposition in their next two fixtures, with Newport and Bedwas the visitors, as they seek to consolidate their status near the top of the league table.
Newport in contrast have slumped to a lowly and uncharacteristic eleventh place in the table with just two wins out of six games played.
Bringing with them a strong squad, potentially enhanced by a Gwent Dragon input, and coached by two former Sardis Road stalwarts in Sven Cronkand Jonny Bryant, Newport will pose a real threat whatever the league standings.
The Ponty squad will be depleted by a number of regional call ups to the Blues senior squad and a long standing injury list, the latest of which is winger Chris Clayton with a dead leg.
The strength in depth of the current squad however holds up, and is bolstered by the return to full fitness of centre Gavin Dacey following an ankle injury. Lock Chris Martenko continues in his temporary role as a replacement.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).