Simon Humberstone makes his first start of the season for Pontypridd.
Pontypridd will seek to make up some lost ground in the Premiership as they play hosts to Tonmawr at Sardis Road on Saturday in a Principality Premiership clash (KO 2:30pm).
A combination of time taken out for British & Irish Cup duties, and two recent away defeats to Llanelli and Aberavon, offset by the one home win over Cardiff, has seen Ponty pegged back in fourth position in the league table.
Home advantage will be a bonus for a team eager to get back to winning ways against a Tonmawr side rooted to the bottom of the table. It was in the first game of the season back in early September that Pontypridd secured a win away against the same opponents by 6-46.
Facing a run of crucial league and cup games into the new year, the Ponty coaches have made numerous changes on rotation amongst the playing squad. A policy of giving youth its opportunity is prevalent with Harley Thomson drafted in at full back, James Howe at prop, Darran Harris at hooker and Jordan Sieniawski continuing in the second row.
Outside half Simon Humberstone makes a first start of the season having recovered fully from his summer shoulder operation.
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.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.