It'll be a battle of the little men at the Brewery Field tomorrow (Saturday) as Bridgend tackle the newest rugby club in Europe, Borders.
Bridgend scrum-half Huw Harries is back in the starting lineup after missing last weekend's epic Celtic League victory over Newport. And he faces Scotland veteran Gary Armstrong in a key battle tomorrow.
"I'm not going to play second fiddle to anyone," Harries vowed, in reference to both Armstrong and Bridgend's off-season signing, Samoan international Sililo Martens.
"I've fought for my place in the team before, and I'll do it again - it's nothing new," the talented Harries said.
Borders arrive in Wales still reeling from watching Connacht replacement Mark McHugh belt over a 45m dropped goal into the wind to give the Irishmen a one-point win in the opening round.
The Scottish team are also suffering an injury crisis. Internationals Doddie Weir, Shaun Longstaff, George Graham and Tanner Vili are out, and Scotland winger Cammie Murray faces four months on the sideline after wrecking his shoulder against Connacht.
Newport have made three changes as they try to get their season back on track at the hardest possible place - the white-hot cauldron of Pontypridd's Sardis Road.
Reeling from their 5-13 loss to Bridgend, despite having nearly 80 percent of possession, Newport coaches Leigh Jones and Richard Hill have moved New Zealander Shane Howarth to fullback in place of Matt Pini, while Jason Strange comes in at outside-half.
Dale Burn will start at scrum-half, with another former All Black in Ofisa Tonu'u recovering from injury in time to figure on the bench.
Pontypridd hero Neil Jenkins will play his first game at Sardis Road since returning from his three-season stint at rivals Cardiff, while dreadlocked flanker Richard Parks will be keen to get one over his old club after getting limited chances to shine with the Black and Ambers.
The Sardis Road men will be secretly relieved that Newport don't boast a genius like Brian O'Driscoll in their backline. The Ireland international single-handedly destroyed Pontypridd last weekend.
At Caerphilly, coach Mark Ring is hoping an old pals act will provide inspiration for his team as they search for their first Premiership victory since December against Llanelli.
Ring called up his old Wales teammate Phil Davies during the week to ask for pointers on how Davies got his Leeds team to beat English and European champions Leicester in the opening game of the season last weekend.
"It's obviously harder for us to compete against top sides because we are virtually semi-professional," Ring said.
"We are working off a budget of Â£308,000, but that doesn't stop us from being competitive.
"If our crowd can get behind us, and we can build on our creditable performance against Neath, then I think we can cause a bit of an upset."
Davies said: "Mark Ring was one of the most mercurial rugby players I ever played with.
"He always looked to do the impossible and always believed he could win every game. That is the sort of will and desire that he needs to pass on to his players.
"If Mark believes his team can do, and he can convince his players of that, then the Scarlets had better look out."
Llanelli go into their match without David Hodges (United States), Jamie Cudmore (Canada) and brothers Guy and Simon Easterby (Ireland), who are away on international duty.
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
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.