Influential flanker Wayne O'Connor returns to the Ponty line-up.
Pontypridd are now on the home straight to the end of a long season, with a run of two home games to finish off their campaign.
Llandovery are the visitors to Sardis Road tomorrow (KO 2:30pm). The Drovers are poised perilously close to the Premiership drop zone, but that in itself, along with their comfortable home win over Ponty in the corresponding fixture back in December, will make them a dangerous animal to contend with.
Whilst the Drovers will be fighting for their lives in the top flight, Ponty will seek to maintain their season-long winning run at Sardis, hoping to make third place in the table, or at least to consolidate a fourth place finish.
Having lost a close encounter away to champions Cardiff midweek, Ponty suffered another injury blow, with winger Owen Williams departing the game concussed. He joins centre Adam Thomas (concussion), outside half Gareth McCarthy (hamstring), prop Pat Palmer (shoulder), lock Grant Harrington (hamstring) and flanker Kristian Dacey (knee) on the sick list.
To compensate for those absentees, full back Matt Hutchings makes a comeback from injury to be placed on the bench, and influential flanker Wayne O'Connor from suspension to return to the starting line up. Lewis Williams comes in on the wing, with Stuart Williams at loose head prop, partnering hooker Huw Dowden and tight head Sam Hobbs in a revised front row union.
Pontypridd: 15.Kristian Baller. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Mike Davies. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Dai Flanagan. 9.Andrew Jenkins. 1.Stuart Williams. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Sam Hobbs. 4.Ryan Savage. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Rhys Lloyd. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Nathan Strong (capt).
Subs: Rhys Downes; Lawrence Price; Matt Hutchings; Chris Martenko; Ryan Harford; Geraint Lewis; Leighton Davies
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.