Pontypridd will see in the New Year with a home Principality Premiership tie against Ebbw Vale, to be played at Sardis Road tomorrow. (KO 2:30).
A fresh start to 2010 will suit Ponty well, as the club seek to re-ignite the dwindling flame of a league campaign which has been badly disrupted by postponements of late.
With four of their last six league matches having been called off, and the other two games played ending in defeat, a return to action, and to winning ways will be the new year's resolution for the Valley Commandos.
Currently out of contention for Ponty are wing Lewis Williams, with a hand injury, outside half Dean Gunter who has been laid low with a virus, centre Gavin Dacey suspended and flanker Rhys Lloyd just returned from domestic leave.
Chris Clayton comes in on the wing, with the versatile Aaron Bramwell taking over the outside centre role. Young lock McCauley Cook and flanker Darren Waters are given a chance to impress with places in the starting line up.
Pontypridd 15.Matthew Nuthall. 14.Kristian Baller. 13.Aaron Bramwell. 12.Adam Thomas. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Chris Martenko. 5.McCauley Cook. 6.Chris Dicomidis. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Nathan Strong )capt)
Subs: Sam Hobbs; Rhys Williams; Lewis Smout; Grant Harrington; Wayne O'Connor; Dafydd Lockyer; Matt Hutchings.
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.