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
Despite drawing with Ireland in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations, Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards believes the championship 'is still in our hands' as he prepares his side to face Scotland at Principality Stadium tomorrow.
Meet the members of the WRU's inaugural Youth Board - after an online selection process which saw a host of high calibre candidates submit video applications the WRU has made its first 15 appointments.The board is made up of individuals aged between 16 and 21, and will meet for the first time at Principality Stadium on Monday 15th February.
The Wales Women's team headed to Dare Valley Country Park on a team bonding exercise as the entire squad got together for the very first time in preparation for this season's Six Nations championship which kicks off on Saturday with a clash against defending champions Ireland, in Donnybrook.
Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland discusses his team selection for the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations where he leads his side against Ireland, on Sunday. As WRU TV's Luke Brodley discovers, Gatland is fully aware of the challenges the defending champions pose