Matthew Nuthall will be looking for more room to move than what he got against Carmarthen Quins last weekend in the Swalec Cup.
The Pontypridd squad will provide one last push to see them through the final league fixture of the season, a home tie against Llanelli this evening with a crucial fourth place finish in the table at stake.. (KO 7:15pm)
Automatic qualification for next year's British & Irish Cup goes with that fourth spot in the Premiership - a target that remains very much in Ponty's sights. Llanelli currently claim that position, just one point ahead of Pontypridd.
The equation is simple, a home win for Ponty will see them fulfil their aim. The practicality is anything but simple for a squad which has endured a torrid run of games over the past few weeks, with injuries, suspensions and absenteeism taking their toll.
Team manager Richard Langmead has a clear vision of what is required. "This will be a massive occasion for us" said Langmead of the Llanelli game. "We need to put the disappointment of our cup defeat last Saturday firmly behind us, and give a big performance for the club and its supporters.
"The whole squad knows that we let everyone down in the cup semi final, and that the fantastic support we had at Bridgend deserved better. There is only one place where we can put things right, and that is on the pitch".
Pontypridd call upon the services of Blues Academy and Wales under 18 lock Cory Hill, a local boy making his senior debut for the club, with Glamorgan Wanderers prop Nathan Trevett also drafted in following the suspension of Ken Knaggs.
Pontypridd v Llanelli: 15.Matthew Nuthall. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Adam Thomas. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Jon Williams. 2.Kristian Dacey. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Cory Hill. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Wayne O'Connor. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Chris Dicomidis.
Subs: Gavin Morris; Matthew Hutchings; Chris Clayton; Tom Hetherington; Rhys Lloyd; Grant Harrington; Nathan Trevett.
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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.