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."
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.
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