Pontypridd will have the incentive of reclaiming pole position in the Premiership table as they play hosts to Llanelli on Friday evening (KO 7:30pm).
A midweek win for Neath edged the Welsh Blacks into top spot, ahead of Friday night's combatants, Pontypridd in second place and Llanelli, six points behind but with a game in hand, in fourth place.
Every single point accumulated in the battle for Premiership supremacy is hard fought for and comes at a premium. The Ponty v Llanelli encounter, between two sides renowned for their adventurous approach, should be one to savour.
Ponty's current prop crisis has eased off - slightly. The return from holidays of Ken Knaggs is offset by a hamstring injury suffered by Stuart Williams, becoming the fourth prop to be sidelined, along with Jon Williams, Ryan Harford and Phil Osborne. Sam Hobbs is away on senior Blues duties, but regional Academy youngsters Lewis Smout and Willgriff John return to club duties to bolster the Ponty front row.
Centre Gavin Dacey completes his rehabilitation from long term injury by claiming a place in the starting line up, with Garyn Lucas given another opportunity at scrum half.
Pontypridd: 15.Adam Thomas. 14.Gareth Wyatt. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Owen Williams. 10.Simon Humberstone. 9.Garyn Lucas; 1.Lewis Smout. 2.Tom Hetherington. 3.Wilgriff John. 4.Craig Locke. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Ed Siggery. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Chris Dicomidis (capt)
Subs: Kristian Baller; Dean Gunter; Lewis Williams; Huw Dowden; Chris Martenko; Wayne O'Connor; Ken Kanggs.
Supporters are advised to turn up early for the Pontypridd v Llanelli game. A Children in Need charity game will kick off at 6:25pm where the Welsh Women's team will feature. Members of the Australian squad will also be in attendance.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.