Adam Thomas returns to Ponty action after featuring for the Blues.
Pontypridd make their first foray into the British & Irish Cup campaign with an away trip to Nottingham on Sunday (KO 3pm).
The tournament this season is based on the concept of cross pool fixtures - Pontypridd are placed in Pool 5 but play their games against clubs from Pool 6.
Nottingham have already notched up two wins in the competition, against Doncaster and Rotherham, and are within sight of qualification for the quarter final stage. Ponty will need to hit the ground running at Meadow Lane on Sunday to have any hopes of emulating last season's achievement of reaching the semi final round.
The Pontypridd management team have the benefit of a relatively injury free squad to work with as they prepare for the Nottingham trip, with centre Adam Thomas, outside half Simon Humberstone and hooker Jack Dando all recovering from shoulder operations, and second row Craig Locke with back trouble being the only long term absentees.
Back rowers Jake Thomas and Owen Sheppeard have also failed to make the cut with hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.
Young full back Harley Thomson is given his chance in the starting line-up, with Blues senior scrum half Rhys Downes recalled to club duties. Amongst the forwards lock Ryan Savage continues following a return from recent injury, with skipper Chris Dicomidis slotting into an experienced back row alongside Wayne O'Connor and Dan Godfrey.
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.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.