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.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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