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 Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will be heading back home to take on the All Blacks next year where for him, success for 2017 is all about going to New Zealand and winning a Test Series.
Last week all roads led to Eugene Cross Park where defending champions Ebbw Vale hosted this season's launch of the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie was there to capture the thoughts of Damien Hudd, captain of Ebbw Vale, and WRU Head of Performance, Geraint John.
Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
Last week saw Cardiff welcome players from around the world for the 21st Golden Oldies Festival. The tournament features players over 35 years of age, and this year's event saw a select few represent the WRU in a 'friendly' against the Wooden Spoon.
Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
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.