Wales try to break out close to their own tryline against Japan in their opening pool clash in Hong Kong.
It was a case of mission accomplished for Wales in their first pool game of the Hong Kong Sevens, but they were given a huge fright by the fast improving Japan side.
Japan led 10-5 at the break but a converted try by Alex Cuthbert proved the difference as Wales began their campaign with a 12-10 victory.
Wales leaked two tries in the first spell with Kilryong So and Kenji Shomen darting over for the Asian side with Wales's only reply coming via Rhys Shellard who caught Japan on the hop when he scored in the first minute.
Staring a shock defeat in the face, the Welsh defence tightened up in the second half and squeezed the life out of Japan before Cuthbert raced over in the third minute to level matters. Aaron Bramwell edged Wales in front with the conversion and Paul John's men were able to withstand the Japanese onslaught to reach day two unbeaten.
All eyes will now be on the remaining two pool matches tomorrow as only the two best runners-up qualify for the Cup quarter finals.
England, champions of 2002 and 2006, got their challenge off to a flying start against Hong Kong with a 45-0 rout so Wales will have to match that avalanche of points and beat England to guarantee safe passage through to the knockout stages on Sunday.
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.