Chris Dicomidis returns to the Ponty side and will skipper from the flank.
After a recent successful run of league games, Pontypridd turn their focus firmly back to the SWALEC Cup with a semi final tie against Newbridge at the Arms Park tomorrow (KO 2:30pm).
Ponty go into the game as defending champions and dead set on making another big Cup Final day at the Millennium Stadium in May. That aim will not be achieved without a real battle against a traditionally hard edged club from Gwent.
Newbridge are currently third placed in Division One East of the Welsh Leagues, having won 15 of their 19 fixtures this season.
Their progress in the SWALEC Cup has been a commendable one, seeing off Gilfach Goch and Llanharan away and Bargoed and UWIC at home in previous rounds.
Pontypridd might well be glad of a brief change of course in their hectic end of season schedule, going by the old adage that a change is as good as a rest. Having played four league games in the past two weeks, with three of those producing big bonus point wins, Ponty will go into their cup semi final tie on form if slightly fatigued.
Changes have been made on a policy of squad rotation, with winger Owen Williams returning from Wales Sevens duties and young prop James Howe given an opportunity to impress. Chris Dicomidis returns to captain the side at flanker.
The on and off-field benefits of schools and colleges employing a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub initiative continue to grow with the publication of the first half term figures of the current academic year.
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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