Following a three week break from action, Pontypridd resume their Principality Premiership campaign on Saturday 28th March with a re-arranged home tie against Ebbw Vale, the game kicking off at 2:30pm.
With a number of games still to be re-scheduled, Pontypridd now have games in hand on all other teams in the division, and will need to make the most of those opportunities to rise from their relatively lowly position of seventh in the table.
As they return to the fray against the Steel-men of Gwent - a team two positions below them - Ponty will have to contend with a swathe of injuries as they chase maximum points from a tough encounter.
Long standing absentees, winger Chris Clayton, lock Ryan Savage and flanker Kristian Dacey, with abdominal, thigh and knee injuries respectively, are still sidelined, and have now been joined by another four players on the sick list.
Centre Lawrence Price and hooker Huw Dowden were both injured playing for Welsh Academicals midweek, the former with a hamstring strain and the latter with shoulder damage. Also out of contention are full back Matthew Hutchings with an infected hand in plaster and prop Stuart Williams with a hamstring twinge.
The sum of Ponty's absentees is made up by centre Gavin Dacey and outside half Dai Flanagan, both away with the Wales Sevens squad in Hong Kong.
Drafted in on permit from Aberdare is young utility back Gary Williams, whilst wingers Owen and Lewis Williams and outside half Gareth McCarthy make a welcome return from recent injury. Also back in the frame are scrum half Rhys Downes and hooker Rhys Williams, both returning to club duties from the Wales under 20 squad.
The Pontypridd team selected to face Ebbw Vale is as follows:
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
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