As the six British & Irish Cup qualified teams go head to head against each other midweek, Pontypridd face a trip to Newport this evening at Rodney Parade (KO 7:30pm).
This will be Ponty's fourth consecutive away game, and having put behind them a disappointing defeat at Carmarthen, the team are on a roll of three bonus point wins on the trot. That success will be put to the test at a Rodney Parade venue where Ponty have struggled in the past.
Ponty welcome back prop Pat Palmer from injury, and locks Ryan Savage and Grant Harrington from leave. The only other changes made to the squad see Chris Clayton given a run on the wing and Kristian Dacey claiming the blind-side flanker's berth.
Scrum half Carl Thomas continues as cover on permit from Llantwit Fardre.
Pontypridd: 15.Adam Thomas. 14.Chris Clayton. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Aaron Bramwell. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Rhys Williams. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Ryan Savage. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Kristian Dacey. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Nathan Strong (capt)
Subs: Carl Thomas; Dean Gunter; Matthew Nuthall; Huw Dowden; Rhys Lloyd; Grant Harrington; Ryan Harford
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.