Wales coach Phil John (left) will be looking for an improved performance this weekend
Wales travel to the coastal town of George for this weekend's South Africa leg of the IRB Sevens World Series, hoping to put behind them some below par performances which resulted in their Dubai exit in the semi final of the Bowl.
"We have to regroup for the George tournament and really go for it. The boys have to show what they can do," said Wales sevens coach, Paul John, who pointed to poor technique for his side's 24-0 loss to Portugal in the Bowl semi final.
"We simply didn't protect the ball and we missed far too many one-on-one tackles. I think too that we lost our defensive shape," he added.
Wales' final tally in last weekend's Emirates Airline Sevens, staged at the brand new stadium that will host the IRB Sevens World Cup in March, was two wins from five game.
On Friday Wales defeated Zimbabwe to secure third finishing place in their pool after losing to New Zealand and Australia. Then on the second day Wales had an easy win over hosts Arabian Gulf to progress to the Bowl semi finals.
But then a disastrous display against Portugal left Wales with a reality check.
Wales, however, have the opportunity to set the record straight when they meet Portugal in the pool stages of the South Africa Sevens. The other sides in Wales' pool are Samoa and Kenya, the latter showing impressive form in Dubai.
Undoubtedly it was difficult for the new-look Wales team to compete against the settled sides that most countries have opted for in this World Cup season.
Worryingly Wales have just over three months to sort out their problems in Sevens and to decide on their selection for the World Cup.
Next weekend in George, however, will be apart of that process.
Wales Sevens Squad: James Merriman (capt, Neath), David Flanagan (Blues), James Lewis (Dragons), Tal Selley (Dragons), Jimmy Norris (Dragons), Jason Tovey (Dragons), Rhodri McAtee (Cornish Pirates), Dave Evans (Neath), Tom Isaacs (Newport), Damien Welch (Cardiff), Chris Davies (Aberavon), Craig Hill (Newport)
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
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Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.
Wales Sevens head coach Gareth Williams looks back on the Rio Sevens success where he helped GB win silver. He believes the successful campaign is a huge boost to his Welsh squad as they prepare for another World Series, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers
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Llandovery made it three in a row when they defeated Aberavon in the final of the National Foster's 7s at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday. On another eventful day of sevens, Newport claimed the Plate and the Dragons won the women's crown
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Wales Under 18 captain Callum Bradbury is delighted to have seen his side claim a narrow 18-17 victory against a strong SA Schools 'A' side to end the three-match Under 19 International Series in South Africa on a high note.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.