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).
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.
The WRU officially unveiled the new pitch today in time for Wales to take on Australia in the first of the Dove Men Series autumn international matches this Saturday. Head Groundsman Lee Evans and colleague Craig Campbell reflect on the 15-week project and look ahead to a pitch perfect future at Millennium Stadium.