Adam Thomas (with ball) will add thrust from full back for Ponty.
Pontypridd continue on an extended run of away games as the Principality Premiership campaign picks up momentum, their next assignment being tonight's visit to Ebbw Vale. (KO 7.30pm)
With the heads of the Gwent Valleys traditionally being a difficult venue for Ponty, the fact that their opponents currently occupy an unfamiliar position at the foot of the Premiership table will count for little, with another tough encounter expected against the Steelmen of Ebbw.
A combination of injuries and leave of absence have entailed some changes made to the Ponty squad, with Blues Academy youngsters, lock McCauley Cook and prop Lewis Smout called up to action.
Sidelined through injury are outside half Dai Flanagan (ankle) and prop Pat Palmer (shoulder), joining long term absentees, scrum half Gavin Morris and prop Stuart Williams.
Away on domestic leave are locks Ryan Savage, Chris Martenko and Grant Harrington, and scrum half Kristian Baller.
Outside half Aaron Bramwell returns from injury to the starting line up, with Lewis Williams claiming one of the wing positions. Another returnee is flanker Rhys Lloyd, whilst scrum half Carl Thomas is drafted in on permit from Llantwit Fardre to cover on the bench.
Pontypridd: 15.Adam Thomas. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Matthew Nuthall. 10.Aaron Bramwell. 9.Rhys Downes. 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Rhys Williams. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.McCauley Cook. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Nathan Strong (capt). Replacements: Carl Thomas; Dean Gunter; Chris Clayton; Huw Dowden; Darren Waters; Kristian Dacey; Lewis Smout
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.