Geraint Walsh returns at full back for Pontypridd after injury.
A traditionally festive derby clash will be staged at the Arms Park on Saturday as Pontypridd travel to the big city to face their age old rivals Cardiff, in a Premiership tie that kicks off at 2:30pm.
The season has become a stop start affair for Ponty during the past month, with a British & Irish Cup double against Leeds being the only action due to postponed fixtures. With games in hand over all clubs around them in the league the Valley Commandos will be eager to get back in harness and regain momentum.
Ponty are second placed in the table on 41 points, Cardiff trail behind in seventh spot on 30 points, a return of six wins, a draw and six defeats reflecting the balance of their campaign so far. Form and statistics tend to be irrelevant when these two clubs meet in a contest which always provides its own serrated edge.
Pontypridd reintroduce full back Geraint Walsh from recent injury and give a first start to young scrum half Lloyd Williams on permit from Treorchy. Wales Sevens flanker Rhys Shellard is called up to face his former club.
The Welsh Rugby Union has awarded a unique 'President's Cap' to a specific group of players who represented their country between 1945 and 1979, but missed out on international recognition at the time.
Prabhat Mathema, the WRU's National Medical Manager explains the four part Pitchside Suspected Concussion Assessment process the IRB has devised that is being implemented throughout the Dove Men Series and in the LV= Cup this season, which includes the provision for a five minute temporary substitution to allow an assessment to take place.
Defending champions Ospreys struggled to secure victory against the Scarlets while the Blues overcame the Dragons in the opening round of the WRU Women's Regional Championship held at Llandarcy on Sunday.
Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards was an interested observer at last weekend's festival of rugby held at Cardiff Arms Park. He looks ahead to the regional and international season with Graeme Gillespie.