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.
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.
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