Wales Sevens head coach Paul John was making no excuses after seeing his side fail to make the quarter-finals of the Hertz Sevens Cup quarter finals in Wellington.
The fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in New Zealand saw a number of shocks on the first day with Fiji failing to reach the quarter-final stage for the first time in the 14-year history of the series while France, currently ranked second in the series, also missed out by losing a crucial match to Argentina.
Wales entered the competition in a confident frame of mind, having won the Plate final in both the Dubai and South African legs, however after beating Canada 26-17 in their opening Pool C clash at Westpac Stadium, they crashed to defeat against Samoa (12-19) and South Africa (21-0) to finish bottom of the group.
John couldn't hide his frustration after seeing his side stumble to the second tier competition.
"It was a really disappointing end to the day. We put ourselves in a position to qualify but let it slip," he said.
"We didn't manage the end of the game against Samoa and we were beaten in the last game against South Africa. We lost the game by more than 10 points and that meant we didn't qualify.
"We only have ourselves to blame because we had a very good opportunity to get through a difficult group. That means we miss out on the big points on offer and now play France tomorrow in the Bowl instead."
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.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.