Chris Dicomidis scores in the friendly against Llandovery
The last weekend of pre-season will be a relatively quiet one for the Pontypridd RFC squad - a lull before heading into the on-coming storm of a new Premiership campaign.
Having played and won their three summer friendly fixtures, the squad will convene in the UWIC indoor athletic stadium on Saturday August 25 to finalise their fitness testing under the guidance of conditioning coach Darren Bool.
A week later, Ponty will travel to Cross Keys to launch their league campaign in a clash that will see two of the best sides in the division meet early on.
Pontypridd assistant coach Paul John has been pleased with the preparations for a new season.
"Our build up has been steady and we have made good progress" said John. "The two games against local opposition, Ystrad Rhondda and Llantrisant, gave us the chance to put into practice what we had been doing in training.
"The away game at Llandovery last Saturday was a tough test and overall we again made progress to plan. There was a bit of a blip during the second half when we conceded points, and which made it a close call at the end, but we saw our patterns of play developing as we wanted.
"Facing Cross Keys away in the first league game will be a huge test, but we are well prepared. We have a strong squad with real competition for selection in all positions. The boys have shown in pre-season training and in our friendly fixtures that there is a real appetite for the season to come."
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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