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
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.