Wales hope to hit the jackpot when they face big hitting Samoa in the quarter-finals of the Las Vegas leg of the IRB Sevens World Series tomorrow.
For the first time in this year's campaign, Paul John's men have reached the knockout stages. Previously they have failed to reach the main draw on the second day but due to Japan causing a major shock by upsetting Argentina, Wales managed to finish second behind England in Pool D to reach the last eight.
Wales have a huge task in front of them as Samoa are the form team and have the red hot Mikaele Pesamino amongst their ranks. The Samoan flyer became the first player for over four years to score five tries in a single 14-minute match, when he ran riot against Chile - he also scored a dazzling hat trick against Scotland to stand well clear at the top of the try scorers list with eight.
While Japan, Wales and Argentina took points from each other, England's opening two wins against the Japanese and the Welsh guaranteed them top place in the pool. The English drew 12-12 with Argentina in the final match of the day, but the game had little bearing on the pools, Wales finishing in second place to reach the Cup quarter finals.
Japan caused the first upset of the tournament by beating defending USA Sevens champions Argentina 7-0, their first win in Sevens against the Pumas in eight matches.
England fought from behind to beat Wales 26-10 and then beat off a brave Japanese challenge to win 24-5, having been held to 5-5 at the break. Wales roared to a 22-5 win against Japan after stumbling to Argentina (21-15) but due to Japan's shock triumph over the Pumas, Wales scraped through on seven points, one behind England, to make the quarter-finals for the first time this campaign.
IRB World Seven Series - Las Vegas
Results: Pool D
Wales 10 England 26
Wales 15 Argentina 21
Wales 22 Japan 5
Cup quarter finals
New Zealand v South Africa
Fiji v Australia
Samoa v Wales
England v Kenya
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'.