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.
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'.