Wales were knocked out of the USA Sevens in Las Vegas by eventual champions Samoa in a hard fought quarter-final in the IRB World Sevens Series.
Wales were locked 5-5 at halftime thanks to a try by Aaron Bramwell but the Samoans raced over for two second half tries to earn a 17-10 victory. Rhys Shellard scored a late try for Wales but they ran out of time as the South Sea Islanders kept their line intact for the last minute.
Wales had the perfect start to the game when Bramwell raced over in the first minute. The men in red held the dangerous Samoans at bay for several minutes but eventually Alafoti Fa'osiliva spotted a gap to cross over.
Fa'osiliva raced over immediately after the halftime break to give Samoa a 12-5 lead after Lolo Lui added the conversion.
Fautua Otto added a try in the sixth minute to put clear daylight between the two sides for the first time. Shellard went over late on but Samoa held on to move into the semis where they beat Australia 14-12 before producing a superb display to beat New Zealand 33-12 in the final.
Wales then moved into the Plate where Fiji cruised to a 32-0 victory after leading 17-0 at the break.
The Cup victory was only Samoa's fourth in the 11-year history of the IRB Sevens World Series and moved them up to second behind New Zealand in the 2009/10 World Series standings, just ahead of Fiji in third. Wales are now ninth in the overall standings with 18 points.
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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
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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.
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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.