Pontypridd go into their second match of the British & Irish Cup this evening, facing Doncaster Knights in what will now be their only home fixture of the pool stage. (KO 7.30pm)
Having lost their other "home" game, played away against Cardiff last weekend, Ponty will need to get over the false start made to the new competition, and secure a win to keep their hopes of qualification to the knock-out stages of the Cup alive.
A number of minor injuries incurred in training have depleted the Ponty ranks prior to the Doncaster game.
Centre Gavin Dacey has failed to recover from his shoulder problem, and is joined on the sick list by midfield partner Dafydd Lockyer, out with a groin strain. Hooker Huw Dowden is sidelined having suffered concussion during the Cardiff match, with no 8 and skipper Nathan Strong hampered by a slight groin strain.
Some readjustments are made, with Aaron Bramwell slotting in at outside centre, alongside Adam Thomas, and Dean Gunter returning to the fly-half position. Chris Dicomidis reverts to the blind-side flanker role with Rhys Lloyd moving across to no 8. Prop Sam Hobbs and hooker Rhys Williams return from regional duties in the front row.
Pontypridd: 15.Matthew Nuthall. 14.Kristian Baller. 13.Aaron Bramwell. 12.Adam Thomas. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Dean Gunter. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Rhys Williams. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Chris Martenko. 5.Ryan Savage. 6.Chris Dicomidis. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Rhys Lloyd.
Replacements Gary Williams; Dai Flanagan; Chris Clayton; Tom Hetherington; Darren Waters; Grant Harrington; Stuart Williams.
The Webb Ellis Cup visited Lampeter on Monday to recognise the fact that the town is celebrating a major milestone as it is believed the first ever game of rugby played in Wales, was in fact played in Lampeter 150 years ago.
Cardiff Blues U18 Girls will go into Sunday's Gemau Cymru with an extra spring in their step after Welsh internationals Elinor Snowsill and Philippa Tuttiett offered some last minute tips at a training session earlier this week.
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.