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.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.