Ponty flanker Wayne O'Connor comes in to freshen up the back row.
Pontypridd's run in to the end of the season is taking the form of a steeplechase, with one hurdle after another in quick succession as the team plays catch up on the Premiership's leading pack.
Next up for Ponty is an away match against traditional rivals Cardiff, the Arms Park clash tomorrow afternoon (KO 2:30pm.)
Following an emphatic bonus point home victory over Swansea midweek, Ponty will be going all out for a win on the road to close the nine point gap on league leaders Neath.
It was on Boxing Day 2011 that Pontypridd recorded a home league win over Cardiff in a hard fought encounter, as reflected in the final score-line of 18pts to 13. Another tough assignment against the Blue and Blacks is due come Saturday afternoon.
In an attempt to keep players fresh during a demanding run of fixtures, it is a case of mix and match in the selection policy for the Cardiff game.
Coming into the starting line up are wing Matthew Nuthall, scrum half Lewis Jones, prop Stuart Williams, hooker Huw Dowden, lock Cory Hill and flankers Jake Thomas and Wayne O'Connor.
Wales reached their first semi-final since 2013 in the opening round of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie recaps on what proved to be an eventful tournament
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series