The kick off time for the big Gnoll clash between Neath and Pontypridd has been brought forward to 2pm.and the repeat of last season's Cup Final sees both sides eager to get back into action.
Neath have missed two Saturdays against Bedwas and Cross Keys while Pontypridd have fared even worse as their Christmas game against Bridgend as well as games against Cardiff and Ebbw Vale fell foul of the frosts.
Neath include their two new signings Luke Ford and Jonny Thomas in their squad with centre Jonathan Spratt hoping to make his first start of the season after two aborted attempts.
Kristian Phillips and Matthew Jarvis are also named despite having spent the week in Leeds with the Wales Under-20's but hooker Ashleigh James has a hamstring pull and is out of action.
Outside-half Howard Thomas is back in training after suffering a shoulder dislocation in pre-season training in August and should return next month and, with several players now fit again, Neath have arranged an extra fixture against Cwmllynfell at The Gnoll on Saturday, February 7th.
Director of Rugby Rowland Phillips, said: "All teams have been frustrated by the frosts and both Neath and Pontypridd will be eager to get back into action. We have been relatively lucky as we have put in some intensive work at different locations and local gyms. On the plus side, the break has allowed us to get over one or two niggles and we now have added depth. Our aim is to keep improving."
"The visit of Pontypridd is a tremendous prospect to come back to as Neath-Pontypridd games are usually full-blooded occasions and, with no regional rugby in Wales, there should be a good crowd and the usual special atmosphere at The Gnoll.
"We have massive respect for Pontypridd rugby because they are a passionate club after our own heart and I know that Paul John and Dale McIntosh will have them firing after their enforced rest."
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event
GB7s women left their England base to train in Wales this week. Olympic Games hopeful Rachael Burford gives WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie her thoughts on Welsh teammate Jasmine Joyce - a 'one touch wonder'
The GB7s women's squad is currently training at Wales' Centre of Excellence where assistant coach Richie Pugh tells WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie some 'tough calls' will have to be made when it comes to finalising the 12 spots for Rio's Olympic Games.