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.
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
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Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
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
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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
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