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.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.
A special interview with Matthew Rees on his return to action in this week's Principality Welsh Rugby Union Podcast. We also speak to Scarlet Josh Turnbull, Wales Sevens coach Gareth Williams and Aberavon coach Jason Hyatt.
Caernarfon travelled to play their penultimate Cup league encounter with 14 gallant ladies and nearly came up with the goods but injuries and the strengthening wind pegged them back and thwarted any revival with a 31-19 defeat against Pencoed.
The Welsh Colleges Women's Sevens team has continued its dominance at national level by claiming the British Colleges National Championships for the sixth consecutive season on the trot at Bath University.
It's crunch time for Carmarthen Quins and Llandovery as they chase a Principality Premiership play-off spot. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to Quins Steff Thomas and Drovers' Chris Knight along with Bridgend's coach Ben Rose in this weeks edition.