Pontypridd's winter campaign comes to an end with a home league tie against Cross Keys tomorrow evening KO 7:15pm).
The season's climax, following a gruelling month of back-logged fixtures, will offer Ponty a final incentive of keeping an unbeaten home record intact, and to push up to fifth position in the table with a win.
The corresponding fixture away at Cross Keys back in November provided one of the high points of the season for Ponty with a barnstorming 60 point victory, but another visit to Pandy Park in the Cup in February seeing Ponty exiting the competition with a demoralising 27-26 defeat. With honours shared, the final league encounter will now be the decider.
Ponty will be without the services of full back Kristian Baller, sidelined with ankle problems, and hooker Rhys Williams with a shoulder strain, adding to the club's lengthy injury list. Outside half Dai Flanagan will also be absent, training with the Blues regional squad.
Matt Hutchings returns to the fray taking on the number ten duties, partnered at half back by Rhys Downes. Lee Thorne, on permit from Llanharan, makes his senior debut at centre, with Aaron Bramwell, having signed for Ponty from Ebbw Vale, taking a place on the bench. Changes made amongst the pack will see Leighton Davies in at hooker, Chris Martenko at lock and Geraint Lewis on the flank.
Pontypridd: 15.Lawrence Price. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Lee Thorne. 11.Chris Clayton. 10.Matt Hutchings. 9.Rhys Downes. 1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Leighton Davies. 3.Ryan Harford. 4.Chris Martenko. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Geraint Lewis. 7.Wayne O'Connor. 8.Nathan Strong (capt) Subs: Andrew Jenkins; Mike Davies; Aaron Bramwell; Stuart Williams; Huw Dowden; Ryan Savage; Rhys Lloyd
Wales 7s captain Luke Treharne may have only played once on the World Series, but he has full confidence in his side as they prepare for the opening two rounds of this year's series in Dubai and South Africa, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
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.