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 Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).