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.
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.