The most-capped player in Women's Rugby, Lisa Burgess, retired from International Rugby after playing in a 17-14 loss to Saoa in the Women's world Cup.
Though Wales finished a place higher than they did four years ago, it was disappointing both to the team and to 38-years-old Burgess in particular.
Outside half Awen Thomas started it off well with three penalty goals, but Samoa, down 9-5 at the interval, led
17-9 until injury time when flanker Avril Dent scored an unconverted try.
Team: K Jones (Caernarfon); C Flowers (Clifton), L Rickard (Sudbury), M Berry (Wasps, capt), S Jones (Waterloo); A Thomas (Carmarthen), R Owens (Clifton); S Mason (UWIC), J Kift (Clifton), C Edwards (UWIC), C Donovan (Saracens), L Burgess (Clifton), K Wilson (Waterloo), P Minto (Clifton), A Dent (Clifton).
Replacements: A Phillips (Saracens), K Lenaghan (Clifton), J Morgan (Clifton), S Grainger (Wasps), C Walkley (Aberystwyth), K Mayze (Tycroes), R Wilmott (Torfaen).
WRU TV were on hand at the launch of a major new commercial deal with WRU and Mercedes-Benz South Wales (part of the Sinclair Group), which sees the family company become an official supplier to the Welsh Rugby Union
On the back of the recent Women's Rugby World Cup, the WRU has launched a revitalised Women's and Girls domestic seasonal structure, and the future is looking bright.
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Roger Lewis talks to WRU TV at the announcement of a new £60 million Rugby Services Agreement (RSA) which provides a new and positive contractual relationship between the WRU and its four Regions for the next six years has been agreed.
The Welsh Rugby Union has announced a major new sponsorship deal with Gullivers Sports Travel which will make the UK's leading, and longest established, multi-sport tour operator, an Official Supplier for the rest of the decade.
Having taken part in seven World Cups as a player and coach, Liza Burgess hopes to go out in style this afternoon when Wales take on Australia in the Play-off for seventh and eighth place in the Women's Rugby World Cup in Paris.
WRU Head of Rugby Josh Lewsey met with volunteers across the game earlier this week, championing their role in the sport. He was joined by Wales captain Sam Warburton for part of the day as volunteers took part in a 'Try Out' event for the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Wales Women may not have got the results they wanted recently on the field, but off it they have made massive strides in strength and conditioning - and that is in no small part due to S&C coach Sam Dodge.