Pontypridd No 8 Dan Godfrey will miss the return league clash against Llanelli because of injury.
Pontypridd will resume their domestic league campaign following a brief British & Irish Cup interlude with a trip down west to Parc y Scarlets to face Llanelli on Saturday (KO 2:30pm).
Whilst Pontypridd, along with Llanelli and others of the leading pack of clubs in the Premiership have been away on BIC duties, Llandovery have stole a march to the top of the league table.
Making up lost ground will be the aim for Ponty, also to register a quick fire league double over Llanelli, having won the corresponding fixture at Sardis Road on 1st October by 29-16. That will be a tough assignment at the home of the reigning Premiership champions, and against opponents packed full of young talent aspiring to the Scarlets regional squad.
Pontypridd will be without recent injury victims, outside half Lewis K Williams (groin) and No8 Dan Godfrey (neck) whilst lock Cory Hill has been laid low with sickness. Flanker Tom Hetherington is on domestic leave, whilst winger Owen Williams is away with Wales Sevens in Australia.
Returning to club duties from the Blues senior squad are hooker Rhys Williams and prop Ryan Harford. Young flanker Jordan Sieniawski again slots in to the second row as cover.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.