Pontypridd go into a double header of league and cup games against Cross Keys, the first leg being a home premiership tie on tomrrow evening, (kick off 7:15pm).
Ponty will travel away to Cross Keys for their next fixture, a SWALEC Cup sixth round tie on Saturday 21st February, but for the time being the squad remaining totally focussed on their league commitments.
Only two places divide the clubs in the premiership table - Pontypridd in seventh and Cross Keys in ninth position, with a 10 point advantage in Ponty's favour.
In the corresponding league fixture back in November, Ponty recorded their best win, and arguably their best performance of the season so far, with a thumping 60-0 victory at Pandy Park. The Gwent club reacted to that defeat by installing Mark Ring as their senior coach, with an upturn in their fortunes to follow.
In facing up to a potentially difficult return match, Ponty welcome back into the fold some of their long term injury absentees. Wing Lewis Williams will be given a run out, striving to overcome a long standing back strain, with centre Adam Thomas (shoulder) and prop Pat Palmer (ribs) also passed fit to play.
Still sidelined are winger Chris Clayton with an abdominal injury, and flankers Wayne O'Connor and Rhys Lloyd with shoulder problems and concussion respectively. Also out of contention for Ponty are scrum half Rhys Downes and hooker Rhys Williams, involved with the Wales under 20s squad in their Six Nations campaign.
Pontypridd (v Cross Keys): 15.Matthew Hutchings. 14.Lewis Williams. 13.Gavin Dacey. 12.Adam Thomas. 11.Owen Williams. 10.Gareth McCarthy. 9.Andrew Jenkins; 1.Stuart Williams. 2.Leighton Davies. 3.Pat Palmer. 4.Chris Martenko. 5.Chris Dicomidis. 6.Geraint Lewis. 7.Kristian Dacey. 8.Nathan Strong (capt).
Subs: Kristian Baller; Dai Flanagan; Sam Hobbs; Ryan Harford; Huw Dowden; Ryan Savage; Grant Harrington.
Wales and Ospreys back row James King, who came through the North Wales age grade system, nominated North Wales Regional Community Rugby Manager Marc Roberts, in the WRU's 'Diolch' initiative where squad players thanked those who played a part in their rise to the top.
Beating Merthyr has boosted Carmarthen Quins hopes of reaching a top eight spot in the Principality Premiership. Quins captain Haydn Pugh is delighted with his team's progress and is determined that everyone from the Under 6s through to the senior team, enjoys the ride.
When the Wales squad were asked to nominate individuals who played a big part in their early playing days, Wales and Dragons full back and wing Hallam Amos thought of his former Monmouth School rugby coach John Bevan.
Sam Cross and Luke Treharne have been named as co-captains of the Wales Sevens side as head coach Gareth Williams names his 12-man squad to play in the first leg of the HSBC World Series in Dubai next weekend.
Bedwas head coach Steve Law and players Nicky Griffiths and Alun Rees extol the virtues of the close knit club as they prepare to host third place RGC 1404 - who are one place head of them on the Principality Premiership points table - on Saturday.
Many of the Wales squad have said Diolch (thank you) to someone who played an important part in their early playing days by nominating them to be invited to the Wales v South Africa match. One person, Gowerton Comprehensive geography teacher Mr Dean Mason was nominated by two of his former pupils, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies.
The second WRU disability rugby pilot has been delivered, this time in Caerphilly schools, culminating in a festival at the Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach tomorrow. Plans are in place to set up a Disability Rugby Club in Newbridge to provide long-term playing opportunities.
WRU TV: Hear from inside the Wales camp as Neil Jenkins discusses this weekend's clash with South Africa and how the squad are looking to put in a strong performance to round of the 2016 Under Armour Series