Wayne O'Connor leads Pontypridd against Carmarthen Quins tonight
Pontypridd continue their intense run of recent fixtures as they play hosts to form Premiership team Carmarthen Quins this evening.
Going into the business end of the season, Ponty occupy top spot in the table with an 11 point lead but they know every result will now count in pushing for a retention of the league crown.
The Quins have turned around their season with an excellent run which has produced eight wins from their last nine games - the last of these victories coming at home against neighbours Llanelli last weekend.
The home side make a raft of changes from the team that started a close fought home win over Aberavon last time out. There are new partnerships at centre, where Gavin Dacey links up with Gary Williams, and at half back, where Dai Flanagan plays outside Gareth James.
Club skipper Chris Dicomidis drops to the bench for a well-earned rest with Dafydd Davies given a start in the second row. Veteran flanker Wayne O'Connor taking over the captaincy.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.