Chris Dicomidis leads a strong Pontypridd side against Tata Steel
Pontypridd face an away trip to Championship side Tata Steel on Saturday as they look to maintain their impressive recent form.
The Sardis Road club are well used to making their Cup progress at away venues - they came through a daunting trip to Llanelli in the last round with a 14-22 victory.
The opposition this time around may be from a lower division, but will offer as stern a test of character and ability in their own right.
Dale McIntosh's side go into the tie with two new injury absentees amongst the squad. Tight head prop Keiron Jenkins suffered a recurrence of a chest muscle tear in the away league match at Bridgend last weekend whilst flanker Rhys Shellard has returned from Wales Sevens duties with a slight achilles strain.
Making a welcome return from international duties, with the Sevens and under 20s squads respectively, are centre Adam Thomas and prop Bradley Thyer.
Amongst a number of changes made to the team that won at Bridgend are the centre pairing of Dafydd Lockyer and Gary Williams and the half back partnership of Simon Humberstone and Gareth James. Youngsters Jack Dando at hooker and Jordan Sieniawski at lock are given their opportunities amongst the pack.
Pontypridd: 15 Gareth Wyatt 14 Chris Clayton 13 Dafydd Lockyer 12 Gary Williams 11 Owen Williams 10 Simon Humberstone 9 Gareth James, 1 Scott Roberts 2 Jack Dando 3 Bradley Thyer 4 Jordan Sieniawski 5 Chris Dicomidis (c) 6 Ed Siggery 7 Tom Hetherington 8 Dan Godfrey.
Replacements: Carl Thomas, Dai Flanagan, Adam Thomas, Darran Harris, Owen Sheppeard, Craig Locke, Chris Phillips, Stuart Williams.
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The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.