Ponty coach Dale McIntosh has made a number of changes for his side's trip to Newport
Pontypridd travel to Newport to on Sunday as they look to keep up the pressure on Llandovery at the top of the Principality Premiership.
Dale McIntosh's side return to Premiership action following a successful opening two games in the British & Irish Cup.
After securing a draw away to Jersey, Ponty then turned over Leinster A in a famous win at Sardis Road last Saturday. Centre Dafydd Lockyer was the hero, his last minute try securing the win and he captains the side at Rodney Parade on Sunday.
Elsewhere, McIntosh makes a number of changes as he tries to keep his squad fresh. Forward Chris Dicomidis drops to the bench while usual starter Dai Flanagan does not make the match day squad.
Newport are flying high after a dramatic late win over Cross Keys in the British & Irish Cup last weekend but face a difficult task on Sunday.
Newport: 15 James Leadbeater 14 Elliott Frewen13 Geraint O''Driscoll 12 William Richards 11 Alan Awcock 10 Scott James Sneddon 9 Andrew Quick, 1 Jamie Jeune 2 Andrew John Brown 3 Timothy Ryan 4 Rhodri Lloyd Jones 5 Adam Rhys Frampton 6 Samuel Waldron7 Craig Attwell (c) 8 Jonathan Ross Coombs.
Replacements: Ryan Prosser, Daniel Matthews, Dafydd Rosser, Brendan Joseph Lampitt, William Guy Hodnett, Tom Hancock, Rhys Downes.
Pontypridd: 15 Geraint Walsh 14 Lewis Williams 13 Adam Thomas 12 Dafydd Lockyer (c) 11 Owen Williams 10 Lewis Williams 9 Carl Thomas, 1 Chris Phillips 2 Darren Harris 3 Keiron Jenkins 4 Craig Locke 5 Jordan Sienawski 6 Tom Hetherington 7 Wayne O'Connor 8 Owen Shepherd.
Replacements: Joel Raikes, Gareth Wyatt, Gary Williams, Kristian Dacey, Ed Siggery, Chris Dicomidis, Scott Roberts, Bradley Thyer.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event