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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.