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)
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'.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland and captain Sam Warburton say their first prioirty on Sunday in the opening game of the World Cup is to win against Uruguay and not get overly concerned with points difference.
With only days to go until the biggest rugby competition in the world begins, rugby fans visiting Cardiff this autumn will be able to enjoy a special display at National Museum Cardiff as part of the celebrations surrounding the Rugby World Cup.