An extensive injury list at Pontypridd has been added to this week by a bicep strain suffered by influential flanker Wayne O'Connor. The versatile Rhys Lloyd moves to the openside position, Geraint Lewis to blindside, and skipper Nathan Strong returning against his former club at no 8. In the front row, Huw Dowden completes his recovery from a shoulder injury by starting in the hooker's berth.
Andrew Jenkins takes over from Rhys Downes at scrum half, in an otherwise unchanged back division, with centre Gavin Dacey returning from Wales Sevens duties to take a place on the bench
The Pontypridd team selected to face Bridgend is as follows:
15.Kristian Baller. 14.Owen Williams. 13.Adam Thomas. 12.Mike Davies. 11.Lewis Williams. 10.Gareth McCarthy. 9.Andrew Jenkins.
1.Sam Hobbs. 2.Huw Dowden. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Grant Harrington. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Geraint Lewis. 7.Rhys Lloyd. 8.Nathan Strong - cpt.
Subs: Rhys Downes; Gavin Dacey; Chris Clayton; Leighton Davies; Ryan Savage; Chris Martenko; Stuart Williams.