Pontypridd will enjoy the home comfort of Sardis Road for only the second time this season as they host Cross Keys in the Principality Premiership tomroow (KO 2:30pm.)
That home advantage at the House of Pain will be one weapon in Ponty's armoury as they seek to redress the balance following a disappointing away defeat at Newport in midweek.
Cross Keys as ever will provide stern resistance, their last result of a draw away to reigning champions Cardiff proving that they can be competitive on any given occasion. Having recruited the likes of full back Gareth David from Bridgend and outside half Dai Langdon from Ebbw Vale, the Keys have plenty of fire power at their disposal.
The latest casualties amongst the Ponty squad are outside half Aaron Bramwell, struggling with a recurring hamstring strain, lock Grant Harrington with a dead leg, and flanker Kristian Dacey with a dislocated shoulder.
Stepping up to the plate are outside half Dai Flanagan, recovered from an ankle injury and lock Chris Martenko back from leave, whilst flankers Rhys Lloyd and Darren Waters are given a start in the back row.
Pontypridd: 15.Adam Thomas. 14.Matthew Nuthall. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Dafydd Lockyer. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Rhys Downes; 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Rhys Williams. 3.Pat Plamer. 4.Chris Martenko. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Darren Waters. 8.Nathan Strong (capt)
Subs: Kristian Baller; Dean Gunter; Owen Williams; Huw Dowden; Ryan Harford; Ryan Savage; Wayne O'Connor
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.