Welsh Schools Under 16 pushed France Under 17 hard but just missed out on a 100% record at the Four Nations Tournament in Rome.
They played their final game at the Stadio Flaminio and but despite a brave second half fightback finally succumbed 20-18.
Wales were down by 17-8 at half time but had been kept within reach of an older, and much more physical French side with a well constructed try for right wing Ryan Evans and a Sam Davies penalty.
Davies, who had kicked the winning drop goal against England last Saturday, had an uncharacteristic off day with the boot, missing 11 point in total, including a last minute penalty attempt.
Despite that, Wales fought their way back into the game, winning the second half 10-3 with a second Ryan Evans try and a conversion and penalty to Davies.
Team manager Roy James said, "We are extremely proud of the boys. They tested the French, which is something that hadn't been done by either of the other sides in the tournament. They really did us proud today and throughout the tournament."
Welsh openside Daniel Thomas was voted player of the tournament by all head coaches.
James added, "Daniel was outstanding in all three of our games and I'm sure this tournament will stand him in good stead for his rugby future along with many of the other players."
Wales scorers: Tries: Ryan Evans (2); Con: Sam Davies; Pens: Sam Davies (2)
As the countdown continues for RWC2015, Tournament Chief Executive Debbie Jevans visited the Millennium Stadium to discuss preparations for the eight matches and reveal the positive news that 100,000 tickets for games at the home of Welsh rugby have sold in the last seven days.
Jason Harries is targeting a first win on the World Series circuit this season with Wales. The series returns to action this weekend in Dubai where Harries is part of a team hoping to build from its efforts in round one in October.
Wales skipper Jevon Groves says his side have addressed a few points from Gold Coast and aim to 'hit the ground running' in the next two rounds of the World Series, kicking off with this weekend in Dubai before heading off to South Africa next week.
Wales Sevens manager Steff Thomas is hopeful his side can build from a quarter-final spot in the opening round of the World Series in Australia when his side take part in the forthcoming double header in Dubai and South Africa.