Having spent the best part of the last three weeks engaged in cross border battles with English Championship opposition, Pontypridd make a return to grass roots Welsh rugby this coming weekend.
The focus turns sharply from the British & Irish to the SWALEC Cup, with Ponty's first involvement in this year's domestic competition being an away tie at Bridgend Athletic at Ewenny Road (KO 2:30pm).
Bridgend Athletic currently lie in sixth position in Division One West, and progressed in the SWALEC Cup by securing a home win over Gilfach Goch in the previous round.
A demanding fixture schedule over the past seven days again sees a policy of squad rotation used by Pontypridd, with the welcome return of players from injury. Those making a comeback into the starting line up are full back Matthew Nuthall, wing Lewis Williams and centre Gary Williams.
Young prop Chris Phillips continued at loose head after impressing in the BIC tie against Birmingham & Solihull midweek. Drafted into the squad on permit from Gilfach Goch is back rower James Locke.
Rob Howley and Josh Lewsey addressed more than 250 community club coaches and referees at the first WRU National Community Conference on the weekend. The volunteers benefitted from coaching masterclasses and workshops in a bid to connect all levels of the rugby pathway in Wales.
UEFA has today confirmed the Football Association of Wales (FAW) has been successful in its bid for the Millennium Stadium to host the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 (kick-off: 19.45hrs GMT).
The winners of a filmmaking competition organised by the education charity Into Film and the WRU enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the Millennium Stadium - and a chance to be photographed with the WRU's fire-breathing, rugby loving mascot, Scorch The Dragon, and Welsh international, Jake Ball.
The Wales Under 20 camp are in a quietly confident mood as they face Ireland in the U20 Championship, with Coaching Co-Ordinator Allan Lewis and full back Dafydd Howells targeting a top five finish in the tournament.