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).
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'.