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
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.