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
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.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series