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.
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.
Geraint John has taken up the new role of WRU elite coach development manager having arrived in Wales last week. WRU TV caught up with him at the WRU rugby department's strategy day at the Millennium Stadium.