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."
Porthcawl recently received a WRU facilities grant and funding from Natwest RugbyForce in order to give their changing rooms a facelift. This came after receiving £10,000 in a WRU facilities grant last year to tarmac their car park. The improvements have already helped to make the club more accessible, not only for their own members and players but for the whole community.
The Welsh Rugby Union has launched a new, accredited Safeguarding and Protecting Children course - funded by the WRU and delivered in partnership with Sport Wales and the NSPCC - fo rugby club volunteers around Wales.
The SWALEC semi-final draws threw up some mouth-watering clashes in the Cup, Plate and Bowl as the 12 teams aim for the Millennium Stadium Finals Day. All the semi-finals are to be played on the weekend of April 12.
Welsh whistler Rhys Thomas continues to scale the heights of the game as he prepares to be an official in this weekend's Hong Kong Sevens tournament, undoubtedly the showpiece event on the World Series calendar.
Wales International Ian Evans and Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell swapped rugby balls for paint pots at Tonna during the RBS 6 Nations. They surprised club players with a special clubhouse makeover to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014 - a programme developed in partnership with the WRU to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Fresh from claiming the Bowl honours in Tokyo last Sunday, the Wales Sevens squad have settled into their routine as they prepare for this weekend's Hong Kong tournament where Iolo Evans is aiming high, as WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie discovers.
The Welsh Rugby Union has recently teamed up with Prostate Cymru to help the charity launch its latest campaign to raise awareness of the disease. Members of the Wales squad helped produce a short video and promotional material for the campaign titled 'The Best Defence - is to know the FACTS'.