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 on and off-field benefits of schools and colleges employing a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub initiative continue to grow with the publication of the first half term figures of the current academic year.
Despite being in a tough group for the World Series opener in Dubai, Wales 7s head coach Gareth Williams says it is an exciting challenge and his squad are in a positive frame of mind, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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