Newport skipper Simon Raiwalui has pledged his side "will come back stronger" in the wake of their midweek mauling by Neath when they face Swansea at St Helen's on Saturday night.
Raiwalui's side lost out on the chance to go back to the top of the Welsh/Scottish League at Rodney Parade on Wednesday night when Neath beat them 36-20.
"It is up to the players now. We will respond on Saturday," said Raiwalui.
"I think we all thought we were a little bit better than we are before we faced Neath.
"But we are a strong team and we have got good character. We will come back stronger."
Newport coach Ian McIntosh has made eight changes to his side for the trip
With Shane Howarth and Ofisa Tonu'u ruled out through injury, Wales Under
21 cap Llyr Lane and Wales A international Jason Strange will team up at half-back.
Other changes behind the scrum see Wales Sevens star Emyr Lewis take over
from Matt Pini at full back and Matthew Watkins move from wing to centre in
place of Jon Pritchard. Ben Breeze fills the gap made by Watkins' move.
There is a new front row line up with Ceri Jones, Paul Young and Chris
Anthony taking over from Rod Snow, James Richards and Adrian Garvey.
It will be the first time Wales tight head prop Anthony has returned to St
Helen's since helping the All Whites win the Welsh/Scottish League title
NEWPORT: Emyr Lewis; Matt Mostyn, Andy Marinos, Matthew Watkins, Ben
Breeze; Jason Strange, Llyr Lane; Ceri Jones, Paul Young, Chris Anthony,
Simon Raiwalui (captain), Ian Gough, Peter Buxton, Jason Forster, Andy
Replacements: Adrian Garvey, James Richards, Rod Snow, Mike Voyle, Jon
Pritchard, Matt Pini.
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.