Pontypridd enjoyed a fine victory over Leeds in their latest outing last week.
The Boxing Day derby clash against Cardiff will provide a bank holiday treat for Pontypridd supporters, and an opportunity for the team to get their league campaign up and running following time out on British & Irish Cup duties.
A large crowd is expected at Sardis Road for the traditional festive fixture, the game on Monday 26th December kicking off at 2:30pm.
Whilst Ponty have been focusing on qualifying for the BIC quarter finals over the past few weeks, Cardiff have been making up lost ground in the Principality Premiership. Only five points now separate the clubs, Ponty in fourth place on 40pts, Cardiff in eighth place on 35pts but having played three more games.
League status, recent form and just about every other means of prediction tend to go out of the window before a derby showdown between these two rival clubs, with the encounters usually high on passion and drama and the end result usually tight, as in the corresponding fixture last season which ended in a 16-16 draw.
With no fresh injury worries, and the only withdrawal being prop Ken Knaggs on domestic leave for Christmas, Ponty make just two changes from the team that started in the BIC win over Leeds last time out.
Lewis Jones is drafted in at scrum half and Stuart Williams returns from injury to claim the loose head prop berth, whilst Blues prop Sam Hobbs takes up a place on the bench.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.