Richard Smith races away to score against Australia in the Cup quarter-final in Japan.
Wales have been drawn to face South Africa, Scotland and Russia in round 8 of the HSBC Sevens World Series, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens to be played at Scotstoun Stadium on 5-6 May.
Fresh from reaching the quarter finals of the Japan Sevens where they were eventually knocked out on day two in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Australia, Paul John's men have cemented seventh spot on the overall series points table with 71. With two rounds remaining, New Zealand are the pacesetters with 128 with Fiji close behind on 122.
Wales entered the Cup knockout stages at the Japan Sevens in the Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium brimming with confidence after reaching the quarter-finals without losing a game in the pool stages on an opening day where unseasonal monsoon conditions made running rugby a difficult proposition.
Australia burst out of the blocks in the opening spell to score three first half converted tries through Scott McMahon, Daniel Yakopo and Allan Fa'alava'au. Cardiff Blues youngster Harry Robinson crossed in the first half and with Alex Walker adding the conversion, Wales trailed 21-7 at the break.
Despite keeping the Aussies scoreless in the second half, Wales had left themselves too much to do. Richard Smith raced away to score the only try of the second half but it wasn't enough as Australia held out for a 21-14 victory.
The defeat then sent Wales directly to the Plate semi-final where South Africa proved too strong, winning 22-10. Ifan Evans and Will Thomas, in just his second tournament for Wales, scoring tries.
"It's been a huge effort from the boys over the past two weeks," said skipper Richie Pugh. "We were gutted to miss out in the quarter-finals against Australia but fair play to them. They deserved to win the tournament."
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.