Pontypridd's league campaign continues, remorseless and without rest, as the club faces up to a home Premiership tie against Carmarthen Quins tonight (Wednesday, KO 7:15pm.)
With little time to recover from a heavy defeat away at Neath over the weekend, Ponty will seek a return to winning ways on their own patch, to fight for a top four placing in the Premiership.
The Carmarthen game also interestingly doubles up as a dress rehearsal for the SWALEC Cup semi final between the two clubs only 10 days later.
A spate of injuries, suspensions and absenteeism has depleted the Ponty squad in their busy run-in to the end of the season.
Out with viral infections are flanker Darren Waters and hooker Kristian Dacey, out injured are wingers Lewis Williams (knee) and Matthew Nuthall (ankle) and hooker Huw Dowden (hamstring).
Prop Stuart Williams continues to serve a five week ban, whilst back rowers Rhys Lloyd and Nathan Strong are excused for work and honeymoon duties respectively.
Wing Chris Clayton makes a timely return from injury, with hooker Rhys Williams back on club duty on the bench, where he will be joined by lock Callum Brennan on permit from Aberdare. Ryan Savage is relocated from his usual lock position to cover at blind-side flanker.
Pontypridd 15.Aaron Bramwell. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey - cpt. 12.Gary Williams. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Kristian Baller; 1.Jon Williams. 2.Tom Hetherington. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Grant Harrington. 5.Chris Martenko. 6.Ryan Savage. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Chris Dicomidis.
Subs: Gavin Morris; Dafydd Lockyer; Adam Thomas; Lee Thorne; Rhys Williams; Ken Knaggs; Callum Brennan
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.