PONTYPOOL are hosting a swab event for full-back Ethan Davies ahead of their key Championship clash with fellow promotion hopefuls Neath tomorrow.

Pooler started the season with comprehensive away wins at Maesteg Quins and Cross Keys but now returns home to face the Welsh All Blacks.

Neath is likely to be in the mix for both Premiership promotion spots and started with impressive wins over champions Bargoed and Bedwas.

Pontypool hopes it will be a successful afternoon on and off the pitch, with supporters having the opportunity to join the blood stem cell registry and donate to blood cancer charity DKMS between 12.30pm and 2.30pm .

Pooler back Davies was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma aged 28 and needs to find a matching blood stem cell donor.

The Wales Sevens international has started his first round of intensive chemotherapy and he will need further chemotherapy and a blood stem cell transplant from a donor later this year.

Pontypool chief executive Ben Jeffreys said: “Everyone at Pontypool RFC is hugely grateful for the incredible show of support and willingness shown by everyone who has played their part in sharing Ethan’s story and by registering to become a potential donor.

“While the initial public response has been incredibly positive and many people have signed up to become a potential donor, we won’t rest until a match is found for Ethan.

“We are extremely grateful for what the DKMS team have done in mobilizing quickly to organize a test session at Pontypool Park and we encourage anyone who meets the criteria to attend the game and register to become a potential donor. .

“Ethan and his family are fantastic people and we continue to hope that Ethan’s treatment will be successful and that a donor can be found urgently.

“Our thoughts remain with Ethan and his family and we will continue to do everything we can as a club and community to offer as much support as possible during this very difficult time.”

Championship schedule: Bargoed v Beddau, Bedwas v Narberth, Glamorgan W v Cardiff Met, Pontypool v Neath, Tata Steel v Ystalyfera, Trebanos v Cross Keys, Ystrad Rhondda v Maesteg Quins.